July 02, 2003CPSC, Perfect Fit Industries Announce
Recall of Electric Blankets
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.
Name of product: SOIREE® and Soft n' Warm® Electric Blankets
Manufacturer: Perfect Fit Industries, of Charlotte, N.C.
Hazard: These blankets can overheat, posing a risk of burn injuries to
consumers, especially when the blanket is folded or bunched.
Incidents/Injuries: Perfect Fit is aware of 44 reports of these blankets
overheating, resulting in four reports of minor burn injuries. Damage to the
blankets and bedding materials also have been reported.
Description: The recalled electric blankets are the SOIREE® (only those sold
at Belk stores) and Soft n' Warm® (only sold at K-mart), both of which were
sold in king, queen, full and twin sizes. At Belk, the electric blankets
were sold only in ivory color and at K-mart they were sold in ivory, light
blue and hunter green colors. The model name appears on the packaging, but
not on the blanket. Both models have a UL warning label and a permanent
label that reads "Perfect Fit" and "Shell Made in China. Wired and Closed in
U.S.A." The Soft n' Warm® model has a date code ranging from 02228 through
02305 printed on a warning label on the foot of the blanket.
Sold at: K-mart and Belk stores nationwide sold the electric blankets from
September 2002 through February 2003 for between $40 (twin size) and $200
Remedy: Firm is providing a free replacement blanket, but consumers should
unplug the recalled units immediately.
Consumer Contact: Call the company at (877) 882-9478 between 9 a.m. and 5
p.m. ET Monday through Friday.