Thursday, June 18, 2009

Robes recalled for catching on fire

Product recall has bombarded the market place and created an alarm among consumers. The newest addition to the recall bandwagon was the Blair’s robe.

In April 2009, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Blair LLC, of Warren, Pa. (Blair), announced the recall of 162,000 women’s full length Chenille Robes.

The recall was prompted by incidents of three robes catching on fire including one report of second-degree burns. After the recall was announced, Blair was informed of other incidents.

When the families of 6 people who had died of burn injuries came forward, CPSC and Blair re-announced the voluntary recall of the robes. Of the six new incidents, five of them were women who were cooking at the time of death. Of the five, three were in their 80s.

CPSC and Blair asked consumers to stop wearing the robes and return them in lieu of gift card.