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The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide Recall of the Week: Blair chenille robes

The recall of about 162,000 women’s full length Blair chenille robes is being re-announced, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports.

Since the recall was originally announced in April 2009, six deaths due to the robes catching on fire have been reported to Blair LLC, of Warren, Pa.

Five of the six victims were female, and all five were cooking at the time of the incidents. Three of the victims were in their 80s.

09200 The commission and Blair announced the recall for the robes after Blair learned of three robes catching on fire, including one report of second-degree burns. Later, Blair was made aware of the fatalities after the recall was announced and after Blair had sent letters of the recall to consumers who purchased the robes.

The women’s chenille robes have the following item numbers: 3093111, 3093112, 3093113, 3093114, 3093115, and 3093116. The item number is identified on a label in the garment’s neckline.

The robe is a one-piece garment made of plush sculpted chenille, a shaped stand collar, and horizontal chenille front and back yolks and cuffs. It has 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.

The robe’s sewn in label states: “100% Cotton, RN 81700, Made in Pakistan.”

The robes were sold in Blair catalogs, on the Blair Web site, and in Blair stores in Warren, Pa., Grove City, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., from January 2003 through March 2009 from about $20 to $40.

The commission and Blair urge consumers to stop wearing the garments immediately and contact Blair LLC for information on returning the robe and to receive a refund or a $50 gift card for Blair merchandise.

Contact 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.

For information on other recent recalls, see www.Recalls.gov.

Copyright 2009, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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