Columbia Heated Jackets Recalled for Burn Hazard

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The U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall in cooperation with Columbia Sportswear for several models of heated jackets that have been shown to cause burn injuries.  So far, several people in Europe and Canada have suffered injuries from these jackets, although no injuries have been reported so far in the United States.  However, at least 9,600 units have been sold in the U. S., prompting the manufacturer to ask consumers to return the jackets to the company for a full refund of their purchase price.

Jacket Description

The items under recall are seven models of heated jackets distributed by Columbia Sportswear and manufactured in China.  There have been reports of the jackets overheating at the inner wrist cuff and burning those who wear them.  These jackets are heated through a battery pack located in the lining of the coat.  Consumers who have these items are asked to disconnect the batteries immediately and return the product to the manufacturer.


The jackets in question are:

  • Circuit Breaker™ II Jacket for men, Style Number SM7051
  • Electro AMP™ Jacket  for men, Style Number SM7061
  • Electro™ Interchange Jacket for men, Style Number SM7886
  • Electric Big Game™ Interchange Jacket for men, Style Number HM7198
  • Circuit Breaker™ II Jacket  for women, Style Number SL7022
  • Electro AMP™ Jacket for women, Style Number SL7021
  • Electro™ Interchange Jacket for women, Style Number SL7885

The style number is located on a label sewn into the side lining of the jacket.

 What Should I Do If I Have One Of These Jackets?

 If you have a proof of purchase, the company will refund your full purchase price.  If you do not have a proof of purchase, you can still return the jacket for a partial refund.  Information on refund amounts and instructions for returning the garment can be found on the company’s website.  Consumers can also call the company’s toll-free number at 1-866-201-9073 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on weekdays.  Consumers who have questions about this or any other recall can also visit the CPSC’s website.

What Should I Do If I Have Been Injured By A Defective Product?

 Defective products are released on unsuspecting consumers every day, and millions of people are injured each year by using them.  It is very important to protect your rights if you have suffered an injury due to a dangerous product, not only to collect damages for yourself but to alert others of your experience.  A personal injury attorney will help you file the necessary lawsuit to collect damages including your medical costs, sums for pain or mental anguish, loss of wages due to missed work time, and even costs for your family’s inconvenience and suffering.  However, if you fail to file a claim within the statutory time period you can lose your right to collect damages.  It is important that you contact a personal injury attorney immediately about your case.


Company Expands Defective Product Recall for Chenille Robes

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Blair LLC. has expanded a defective product recall involving chenille robes and other clothing items after reports of nine deaths after the robes caught fire. According to an Associated Press news report, Blair had received five reports of deaths linked to the robes that were manufactured in Pakistan. Now, the Pennsylvania-based company has received four additional reports of fatalities linked to these defective robes, which apparently failed to meet federal flammability standards. Now, the company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission are expanding the recall to include more chenille robes and other chenille products including jackets, lounge jackets and tops. Most of the deaths however involved the full length chenille robes.

Defective Product Manufacturer Slapped With Fines

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has ordered four companies to pay about $615,000 in fines for manufacturing defective products that posed a safety hazard to consumers. According to an Associated Press news report, these companies improperly sold hooded sweatshirts or jackets that have drawstrings at the neck, posing a strangulation hazard to children, which can result in serious personal injuries or death.

Defective Women’s Robes Recalled for Deadly Fire Hazard

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Blair LLC. has reported 162,000 of its defective products — women’s robes — after six women reportedly died when the chenille robes caught fire. Some of the robes caught fire while cooking, according to an MSNBC news report. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued an alert stating that women who own these robes should stop using them. CPSC and Blair initially announced their voluntary recall in April citing three reports of robes catching fire, including one report of second-degree burn injuries. This second product recall notice comes now after the company received reports of six deaths due to the robes catching fire.

In five of the six cases, the victims were women cooking at the time and three of the victims were in their 80s. The CPSC is urging that consumers report all incidents – injuries and fatalities – involving these defective products. The recalled Blair robes were made in Pakistan and include the following item numbers — 3093111, 3093112, 3093113, 3093114, 3093115, and 3093116. They were sold through Blair catalogs and on the company’s Web site as well as Blair stores in Pennsylvania and Delaware from January 2003 through March 2009. Consumers who own these defective products may return them to Blair and receive a refund or a $50 gift card. Anyone seeking more information may call the company at 1-877-392-7095 or visit their Web site at

My heart goes out to all the victims who have suffered severe burn injuries or have been killed as a result of fatal burn injuries due to these defective robes. I offer my condolences to families who have lost loved ones as a result of these product defects. Please keep them in your prayers.

Hooded Sweatshirts Recalled

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Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Recalled for Strangulation Hazard

Seattle Cotton Works is recalling about 40,000 hooded sweatshirts with drawstrings because of a product defect which poses a strangulation hazard, according to a consumer safety alert issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The Seattle-based company is voluntarily recalling these defective clothing items that have a drawstring through the hood that can pose a strangulation hazard to children. So far no injuries or deaths have been reported in connection with this recalled product.

The defective sweatshirts manufactured in Pakistan are hooded and long-sleeved with full-length zippers and drawstrings along the neck line. The products were sold under the Seattle Cotton Works brand in six different designs. The name “Seattle Cotton Works” appears along the inside neck line. These recalled sweatshirts were sold exclusively at Kohl’s Department Stores nationwide from January 2009 through February 2009 for about $17. Consumers who own or use these products are asked to immediately remove the drawstrings from the sweatshirts to eliminate the hazard or call the manufacturer to return the product for a full refund. If you would like more information, please call Seattle Cotton Works at 1-800-533-8922.