Sunbeam Heated Blanket Recall Issued Due to Overheating Problems, Burn Risk
Federal safety officials are urging consumers to immediately stop using Sunbeam Queen Size Heated Blankets, following reports that suggest the blankets overheat, and may catch on fire or cause severe burn injuries.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the Sunbeams Heated Blanket recall on March 16, impacting approximately 43,000 blankets.
To date, officials have received at least 13 reports of the heated blankets overheating. Although there have not been any injuries reported yet, officials warn that the blankets pose a serious burn and fire hazard.
The recall includes Sunbeam Queen Size Heated Blankets marked with model number 32810027 sold with detachable controllers. The recalled heating blankets were sold in a variety of colors including beige, ivory, light green, light blue, dark blue, burgundy, light gray, dark gray, and gray violet.
The Sunbeam heated blankets were distributed by Star Elite nationwide through small, independently owned stores and online at Amazon.com from September 2022 through January 2023, for about $120. Approximately 43,000 units were distributed for sale throughout the U.S., while another 15,000 were sold in Canada.
Consumers can receive a full refund from Star Elite by completing a recall registration form online at www.productrecall.sunbeamhome.com and including a photograph of the recalled Sunbeam Queen Size Heated Blanket with the power cord cut at the plug, and an “X” through the wash label of the blanket with permanent marker.
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Bedsure Heating Blanket Recall 2023
The recall comes just a week after 350,000 Bedsure Electric Heating Blankets and Heating Pads were recalled after being linked to 137 reports of the blankets and pads overheating, melting, and even catching fire, leading to property damage, and 17 burn injuries, with one resulting in second-degree burns.
According to that separate recall notice, the controller unit of the Bedsure Electric Heating Blankets and Heating Pads can malfunction, which similarly to the recalled Sunbeams Heated Blankets, can cause the blankets to overheat, and poses burn and fire hazards.
While a cause of the Sunbeam Queen Size Heated Blankets overheating was not disclosed in the recall notice, the controller unit of the Bedsure Electric Heating Blankets and Heating Pads were found to be the source, with officials warning they can malfunction causing the blanket to overheat or catch on fire.
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