Friday, October 23, 2009

Blair Expands Recall To All Women's Chenille Apparel Due to Burn Hazard; Additional Reported Deaths Prompt Re-Announcement of Robe Recall

Blair Expands Recall To All Women's Chenille Apparel Due to Burn Hazard; Additional Reported Deaths Prompt Re-Announcement of Robe Recall; 9 Reported Deaths in Total; Consumers Urged to Stop Use of Flammable Wearing Apparel


The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Blair LLC, of Warren, Pa., are expanding Blair's voluntary recall of women's full length chenille robes to include additional chenille robes and three other chenille products all manufactured by A-One Textile & Towel. CPSC and Blair also are re-announcing the earlier recall of women's robes.

In April 2009, Blair recalled 162,000 chenille robes 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. All nine reported deaths occurred prior to the April 2009 announcement of the recall.

Blair has received one report involving one of the additional garments described below catching fire; no injuries have been reported related to these garments. Blair decided to expand the recall to include all women's chenille wearing apparel manufactured by A-One Textile & Towel.

Name of Products: Full Length Women's Chenille Robes, Women's Chenille Jacket, Women's Chenille Lounge Jacket, Women's Chenille Top

Units: About 138,000; 162,000 units were previously recalled in April 2009

Manufacturer: CA-One Textile & Towel, of Karachi, Pakistan. A-One Textile & Towel manufactured all of the products recalled in April 2009. Blair is expanding its recall to all women's chenille wearing apparel manufactured by A-One.

Retailer: Blair LLC, of Warren, Pa.

Hazard: Some of these products fail to meet the federal flammability standard and present a risk of serious burns to consumers if the garments are exposed to an open flame.

Incidents/Injuries: Since announcing the recall in April 2009, Blair has received nine reports of deaths allegedly due to the originally recalled robes catching fire. Blair has received one report on one of the additional garments catching fire; no injuries have been reported.

Description: The recall involves the following items:

Full Length Women's Chenille Robe. The item number is identified on a label in the garment's neckline. 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. "100% Cotton, RN 81700, Made in Pakistan" is on the label. Item numbers/colors are: 1083401 Pastel pink, 1083402 Mint, 1083403 Light lavender, 1371801 Light blue, 1371802 Light purple, 1371803 Indigo, 1743401 Sea foam, 1743402 Medium pink, 1743403 Light blue, 3470311 Blue, 3470312 Coral, 3470313 Yellow, 3927211 Mint, 3927212 Light blue, 3927213 Light pink

Women's Chenille Jacket. The item number is identified on a label in the garment's neckline. One-piece garment made of plush sculpted chenille. The jacket has three front buttons, pointed lapels, long sleeves, and two front patch pockets. "100% Cotton, RN 81700, Made in Pakistan" is on the label. Item numbers/colors are: 1392801 Gold, 1392802 Red, 1392803 Navy, 1392804 Hunter Green

Women's Chenille Lounge Jacket. The item number is identified on a label in the garment's neckline. 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. "100% Cotton, RN81700, Made In Pakistan" is on the label. Item numbers/colors are: 4526401 Lavender, 4526402 Aqua, 4526403 Light pink

Women's Chenille Top. The item number is identified on a label in the garment's neckline. 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. "100% Cotton, RN81700, Made In Pakistan" is on the label. Item numbers/colors are: 1811201 Light purple, 1811202 Rose, 1811203 Dusty blue, 1811204 Sage green



Sold at: Blair catalogs and Web site, and Blair stores in Warren, Pa., Grove City, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., from July, 2000, through April, 2007, at the following prices:

Full Length Women's Chenille Robes for about $30 to $40
Women's Chenille Jacket, about $25 to $29
Women's Chenille Lounge Jacket, about $20 to $23
Women's Chenille Top, about $20 to $23

Manufactured in: Pakistan

Remedy: 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.

Consumer Contact: 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 blairproductrecall@blair.com

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