October, 5 2001
Biddeford Textile Recalls 394,000 electric blankets
- Biddeford Textile Corp. is recalling about 394,000 electric blankets. The
plug that connects the detachable control switch to the blanket can become
loose. The resulting poor electrical contacts can overheat, posing a fire
and Biddeford Textile Corp. have received 34 reports of the electric
blankets overheating, melting and scorching. No injuries or property damage,
other than to the blanket, have been reported.
The electric blankets were sold under the model names Controlled Comfort, EH
2000, Starbright, Staywarm, Supreme 21, Warm Comfort, and had serial numbers
A001A to C210C. "Biddeford Textile Corporation," along with the blanket's
model name and its serial number are printed on a label near where the
control switch is plugged in. The blankets were sold in king, queen, double
and twin sizes in various colors, including off-white, hunter green, light
blue, navy blue, white, rose, plum, burgundy, French blue, sage green, teal
Department stores including Kohl's and Target, and direct mail order
companies, such as Fingerhut and JCPenney, sold these blankets nationwide
from August 1999 through July 2001 for between $100 to $150.
Consumers should stop using the electric blankets immediately and contact
Biddeford Textile Corp. for a free replacement plug connector adapter. For
more information, consumers should call Biddeford Textile Corp. toll-free at
(877) 217-6294 anytime, or visit their web site at www.blanketrecall.com.
Consumers should not return the electric blankets to Biddeford Textile Corp.