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Blair Chenille Robe Recall Reissued Following Six Deaths

Jun 12, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP

An urgent recall for thousands of women’s full length Chenille Robes manufactured by Blair LLC has been reissued today, following reports that the flammable robes have been linked to six deaths.  The Blair Chenille Robes were first recalled in April. The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) is reminding consumers to stop wearing these garments immediately.

According to the CPSC, since the April recall, Blair has received six reports of deaths among people wearing the Blair Chenille Robes.  The deaths occurred as a result of the robes catching fire.  All victims were women, and three were in their 80s.  Five of the deaths occurred while the victims were cooking, the CPSC said.

The April recall, which involved 162,000 robes, was issued because some robes failed to meet federal flammability requirements and present a risk of serious burns to consumers if they are exposed to an open flame.  At that time, Blair said that it had received three reports of the robes catching on fire, including one report of second-degree burns.

According to the Consumer Reports Web site, Blair said it took a number of steps to alert its customers of the recall in April, including send a letter that month to the address of every catalog and internet customer who purchased one of the robes, as well as a follow up letter earlier this week  to all customers who did not respond to the first mailing.  Blair also e-mailed customers who purchased a robe either online or through one of its catalogs and did not respond to the mailings, Consumer Reports said. Finally, the company began calling approximately 63,000 customers with robes still in their possession, placed advertisements in local papers to alert consumers to return the robes, and posted information about the recall on its Web site.   It was through this outreach that the company learned of the six fatalities.  

The Blair Chenille Robe recall involves the Full Length Women’s Chenille Robe with the following item numbers: 3093111, 3093112, 3093113, 3093114, 3093115, and 3093116. The item number is identified on a label in the garment’s neckline. This is a one-piece garment made of plush sculpted chenille, a shaped stand collar, and horizontal chenille front and back yolks and cuffs. The robe has a full-button front with seven matching button closures, long sleeves with self cuffs, a straight bottom with self hem, and two sideseam pockets. The robe’s sewn in label states: “100% Cotton, RN 81700, Made in Pakistan”. Robes with other item numbers are not included in the recall.

These robes were sold through Blair catalogs and Web site, and Blair stores in Warren, Pa., Grove City, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., from January 2003 through March 2009 from about $20 to $40.

Consumers may contact Blair LLC for information on returning the robe and to receive a refund or a $50 gift card for Blair merchandise. Contact Blair toll-free at (877) 392-7095 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday, visit the firm’s Web site at www.blair.com/recall, or contact the firm by e-mail at blairproductrecall@blair.com


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