Heating pads and blankets pose real problems to you and your family.
In 2003, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a recall for 11,000 heating blankets manufactured by WestPoint Stevens Inc. Hazards to these heating pads are: When the heating blanket is folded; the heating element can overheat, causing the heating element and blanket to melt. The threat posed is the risk of thermal burns to consumers. The heating blanket injury includes 10 reports (as of 2003) of the blanket overheating and reports of skin burns.
Have you or your family suffered heating pad burns and injuries? Do you need to talk to a heating pad lawyer?
The Vellux fahrenheit blankets were sold in various colors and sizes to fit all mattress sizes. The temperature controller is white with the words, "WESTPOINT STEVENS" and "fahrenheit Heated Blanket" printed on the front. The recall included blankets manufactured from July 2002 through January 2003. The heating blanket pads were sold at department stores, through mail order catalogs, and on web sites from July 2002 through April 2003. These heating pads cost between $80 and $130.
They also issued heating pad recalls for Biddeford Textile Corporation in 2001 for 394,000 heating blankets sold in Target and Kohl's. These Biddeford heating blankets caused reports of heating, melting, and scorching.
In 2003, 18,000 Perfect Fit heating blankets were recalled because of reports of overheating causing heating blanket injuries to people and heating blanket fires. Perfect Fit heating blankets were sold at Belk stores and K-Mart from September 2002 to February 2003.
From October to December 2001, Land's End sold heating blankets for $160 to $220 that were recalled. Known as Polartec heat blankets, 15,000 of them were voluntarily recalled.
The problem with the heating blanket recall is that the many thousands of heating pads and blankets that were recalled were not all recalled. The above is just a sampling heat pad recalls.
People are not always aware of recalls and many heating blankets are still out there in use. As the weather gets colder and people don't want to heat up there entire house for economical reasons, they plug in -- what they think is reliable and safe -- a heating blanket.
Have you or your family suffered heating blanket burns and injuries? Do you need to talk to a heating blanket lawyer about a heating blanket lawsuit?