Flammable Robes Keep Killing People — Recall Reissued

Everyone in the market for a robe wants to be kept warm, but having that robe catch on fire and kill you is quite a bit over the line. Such a foible was discovered in Blair women’s chenille robes, so Blair and the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall in April.

As is so often the case with recalls, the word didn’t exactly spread like, uh, wildfire, because not enough people heard about it and as a result six people have died because of the robes since the recall was issued. Thus, the recall for went out again, the Los Angeles Times reports:

The deaths of six people prompted federal safety officials and clothing retailer Blair to reissue a recall Thursday of 162,000 full-length chenille robes because the garments don’t meet federal flammability requirements and can catch fire if they are exposed to an open flame.

Blair of Warren, Pa., and the Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled the women’s chenille robes in April because of the fire hazard.

Since then, the company heard from families of six people who died after their Blair robes caught fire, commission spokesman Scott Wolfson said.

News of the deaths caused Blair and the commission to again alert consumers about the recall of the company’s chenille robes, Wolfson said.

Consumers are urged to immediately stop wearing the robes and return them to Blair for a $50 gift card, he said.

It’s understandable if customers don’t feel like using that gift certificate to buy another robe from Blair.

After 6 deaths, recall of Blair women’s chenille robes reissued [Los Angeles Times]
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