Blair Expands Chenille Robe Recall, More Deaths ReportedOct 23, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
Following reports of additional deaths, Blair LLC is expanding a recall of Chenille Robes that pose a fire hazard. According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), the expanded recall also includes three other chenille products sold by Blair.
In April 2009, Blair recalled 162,000 Chenille Robes manufactured by A-One Textile & Towel, of Karachi, Pakistan, after it learned of three robes catching on fire, including one report of second degree burns. Blair then received several reports of deaths allegedly due to robes catching fire. This prompted a second news release in June 2009 to again alert consumers to the burn hazard for the chenille robes. After this re-announcement, Blair received four additional reports of deaths allegedly due to the robes catching fire. Three of these victims were cooking and a fourth was tending a pellet stove; three of the four victims were in their 80s and one was in her 70s. According to the CPSC, all nine reported deaths occurred prior to the April 2009 announcement of the recall.
Blair has also received one report involving one of the additional chenille garments included in the expanded recall catching fire; no injuries have been reported related to these garments. Because of this report, Blair decided to expand the recall to include all women’s chenille wearing apparel manufactured by A-One Textile & Towel.
The expanded recall includes an additional 138,000 units. The following products are included in Blair's expanded recall:
- Full Length Women's Chenille Robe: One-piece garment made of plush sculpted chenille. The robe has a shaped stand collar, horizontal chenille front and back yolks and cuffs, a full-button front with seven matching button closures, long sleeves with self cuffs, a straight bottom with self hem, and two side seam pockets.
- Women's Chenille Jacket: One-piece garment made of plush sculpted chenille. The jacket has three front buttons, pointed lapels, long sleeves, and two front patch pockets.
- Women's Chenille Lounge Jacket: One-piece garment made of plush sculpted chenille. The jacket has a shaped stand collar, and horizontal chenille front and back yolks and cuffs, a full-button front with five matching button closures, long sleeves with self cuffs, a straight bottom with self hem, and two side seam pockets.
- Women's Chenille Top: One-piece, pullover garment made of plush sculpted chenille. The top has a rounded neckline, long sleeves, a straight bottom with side vents, and ribbed binding at the neckline and cuffs.
A list of colors and item numbers for these products can be found here. The recalled items were sold through Blair catalogs and Web site, and Blair stores in Warren, Pa., Grove City, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., from July, 2000, through April, 2007.
Consumers are urged to stop wearing the garments immediately. Contact Blair LLC for information on returning the products and to receive a refund or a $50 gift card for Blair merchandise For more information, call 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 email@example.com.