January 28, 2002
PRODUCT: Electric Blanket - Lands' End, Inc. of Dodgeville, Wis., is voluntarily recalling about 15,000 Polartec Heat® electric blankets. The recalled blankets are style numbers 73176, 73197 and 73198. They were sold in twin, double, queen and king sizes in various colors including deep forest, mineral green, cornflower, brick red, and dark camel. The blankets have a white label with writing "Polartec Heat Blanket" and operating and care instructions. Lands' End, Inc. catalog and web site sold these blankets nationwide from October 2001 through December 2001 for between about $160 to $220.
PROBLEM: Some of the blankets may contain a loose connection that may cause the unit to not function or to short circuit, posing a risk of fire.
INCIDENTS/INJURIES:Lands' End, Inc. has received one report of a loose connection. No injuries have been reported.
WHAT TO DO: Consumers should stop using the recalled Polartec Heat® Blanket immediately and contact Lands' End, Inc. Purchasers will receive a full refund and a $50 gift certificate. If the blanket was a gift, consumers should call Lands' End, Inc. toll free at (866) 785-5561 to provide Lands' End, Inc. with the name, address and phone number of the recipient so that it may follow up with him or her. Purchasers were sent direct mail notification of this recall.
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