Burn Hazard Prompts Recall of Scarves with Microwavable Heat Packs

A large recall—about 98,500 in the United States and 1,500 in Canada of Therma Scarves has been announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada.

The <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">recalled scarves, which were manufactured in China, were imported by Telebrands Corp., of Fairfield, New Jersey. Of note, this is just one in a growing and continuing series of recalls originating with consumer products, foods, and medications manufactured in China.

The heat packs can overheat when heated in a microwave oven, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers. To date, the firm has received seven reports of overheating, including five fires, three of which resulted in property damage to the microwave. Two of the incidents were in Canada. No injuries have been reported.

The recalled scarves have pockets and microwaveable heat packs composed of flax seeds; the scarves are made of polyester/cotton, and were sold in black and camel colors. The recalled Therma Scarves sold for between $20 and $25 at Bed Bath & Beyond® stores, As Seen on TV retail kiosks in shopping malls nationwide, through direct response television, and over the Internet at www.thermascarf.com and www.asseenontvguys.com from October 2009 through January 2010.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using the recalled Therma Scarf and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. If purchased through the infomercial or over the Internet, consumers will be contacted by Telebrands with instructions on how to obtain a full refund. Telebrands can be reached, toll-free, at 1-800-777-4034 between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time or the firm’s Web site at www.telebrands.com.

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