Family Dollar, Inc. has agreed to pay a $100,000 civil penalty to the Consumer Product Safety Commission to settle allegations that they failed to report defects in their electric blanket products.
The allegation is that Family Dollar knowingly failed to report in a timely manner the potential for the electric blankets to overheat and catch on fire.
The chain of stores sold around 9,000 of these potentially hazardous blankets between November, 03 and February, 04, before ceasing to sell the blankets. During this spam of time, Family Dollar received 40 or more reports of blanket malfunctions including: fire, scorching, and smoke damage. There were 9 reports of injury, consisting mainly of burns.
These blankets were manufactured by Bilt-Safe Technologies Inc., of Erwin, Tennessee, also known as International Home Fashions, Inc. For more information about the potentially flammable heated blankets, contact Bilt-Safe Technologies at (800-905-0799.
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