CPSC: Electric heated blankets and throws
On 2018-02-15, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a cpsc regarding Electric heated blankets and throws due to a potential Fire and Burn hazard. This product sold new beginning in October 2017 for about $30 to $60.
About 10,000 units are involved in this blanket recall. Instance(s) of injuries, fires have been reported. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 1st recall of products in the Blankets, Sheets, Pillows & Mattress Covers category in 2018.
Since 2005, there have been approximately 10 similar recalls,
involving about 200,000 product units.
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What is the problem?
The blankets' and throws' electric cord can overheat and catch on fire, posing fire and burn hazards.
Instance(s) of injuries, fires have been reported.
How can I tell if I own this product?
This recall involves Rural King's electric heated blankets and throws. The 100% polyester blankets and throws were sold in cream and brown colors and in two sizes: 50 x 60 inches (smaller than a twin size) and 84 x 90 inches (queen size). They have one or two multi-setting controllers attached to the electric cord. Model numbers starting with BLV-OB and ending in 200, 201A, 201B, 201C, 202, 202BN, 202CM, 203, 204A1, 204A2, 204A3, 204A2BR , 204A2CM, 205B1, 205B2, 205B3 or 206C1 can be found on a corner tag. Matton Rural King Supply, Inc. is printed on the back of the tag.
These items were sold new+ at Rural King stores nationwide and online at www.ruralking.com from October 2017 through December 2017 for between $30 and $60.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
First, stop using the item.
Then, add the item to a free, private Items I Own account. This will enable you to easily access the CPSC and recalling company's remedy instructions as well as track your progress toward getting the item returned or fixed. Click "I Own THIS Item" to continue.
The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
Customers should immediately stop using the recalled blankets and throws and contact Rural King for a full refund.
Rural King at 800-561-1752 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at www.ruralking.com and click on the Safety Recall Information link at the bottom of the page for more information.
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
Rural King has received four reports of the blankets and throws overheating. Two incidents resulted in fires and one burn injury to a consumer's foot.
+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available at CPSC.gov.
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