Recall of Flammable Robes

Nine deaths are now blamed on highly flammable women’s robe sold by Blair LLC and the company is expanding its recall. Made by a Pakistani manufacturer, Blair LLC of Warren, Pennsylvania has been working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to widen the recall.

So far about 300,000 chenille robes have been recalled including a full-length robe, a chenille jacket, lounge jackets, and chenille tops. Earlier this year there were five reports of death linked to the robes.

What generally happens is that women wear the chenille robe in the kitchen near the stove where they catch fire. The garment has failed to meet federal flammability standards so are particularly dangerous if near an open flame.

Most of the victims have been in the 70s and 80s, according to the CPSC.

This robe from Pakistan is the not the only product under a federal probe. Other chenille robes and chenille products also made by A-One Textile & Towel of Karachi, Pakistan are being looked at.

“This robe is highly flammable, flames travel quickly up the robe,” said Scott Wolfson of the CPSC. “It’s a deadly risk to women.”

The recalled products were sold in Blair catalogs, online and at Blair stores in Warren, Pa.; Grove City, Pa.; and Wilmington, Del., from July 2000 through April 2007.

Most of the newly recalled items were sold before December 2004, the company said in a statement.

“Out of an abundance of caution we are recalling these additional products as well,” according to the company. “Over the past several months, we have been working aggressively to retrieve the 162,000 chenille robes that were previously recalled.”

If you know someone who wears these robes, or any chenille lounging garment, check the label to check the manufacturer.

For more information on the affected products and item numbers, consumers can call Blair at 877-392-7095 or visit or

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