When we spend our hard-earned money on a product that looks attractive and useful, we assume we are getting a fair value for our money. Sometimes we are mistaken and discover to our cost that the product was defective and should never have been sold.
In April 2009, Blair LLC, based in Warren, Pennsylvania, recalled some full-length chenille women’s bathrobes after three reports were made of the robes catching on fire and causing fatalities. Since then, six more such reports have been made, for a total of nine deaths connected to Blair chenille bathrobes.
The women were mostly in their 70’s and 80’s and most of the deaths happened when they were cooking. The robes are highly flammable, with flames moving quickly upwards once they catch.
Blair, in conjunction with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, is now expanding the recall so that it includes about 300,000 units of chenille robes — full-length robes, lounge jackets, and women’s chenille tops.
These garments were made in Pakistan by a company in Karachi called A-One Textile & Towel. They have been sold since July 2000 through Blair catalogs, their website, and in Blair stores in Warren, Pennsylvania, Grove City, Pennsylvania, and Wilmington, Delaware. Most of them were sold before December 2004.
Blair has been working for several months now to retrieve the 162,000 chenille robes previously recalled and are expanding the recall “out of an abundance of caution”, according to a Blair spokesman.
If you have been injured by a defective product — and it could be anything from a defective smoke alarm, to defective car seat, to a defective U-Haul trailer — you may have a valid legal claim. Manufacturing companies can be held liable for injury caused by their defective products, as can the retailer who sold them, a distribution company that hauled them, or the design company that created the defective design, if that was the problem.
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