Note: The firm is no longer in business. For information contact WestPoint Home at 866-643-4735.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Company Phone Number: (866) 643-4735
April 24, 2003
Release # 03-114
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of product: Electric Blankets
Units: 11,000 manufactured.
Manufacturer: WestPoint Stevens Inc., of West Point, Ga.
Hazard: When the blanket is folded, the heating element can overheat, causing the heating element and blanket to melt. This poses the risk of thermal burns to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: WestPoint has received 10 reports of the blankets overheating, including four reports of minor skin burns.
Description: The Vellux ® fahrenheit blankets were sold in various colors and sizes to fit all mattress sizes. The temperature controller is white with the words, "WESTPOINT STEVENS" and "fahrenheit Heated Blanket" printed on the front. The recall includes blankets manufactured from July 2002 through January 2003. The manufacture date is printed on a label sewn into the seam.
Sold at: Department stores, mail order catalogs and Web sites sold the blankets nationwide from July 2002 through April 2003 for between $80 and $130.
Manufactured in: U.S.A.
Remedy: The firm is no longer in business. For information contact WestPoint Home at 866-643-4735.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
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