Recall of Blair clothing nearly doubles after reports of three more deaths

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Chenille bathrobes sold by the catalog retailer Blair are being blamed in the fire deaths of nine women, prompting the company to nearly double the number of items being recalled and expand it to all sorts of chenille clothing, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

Most of the victims were cooking when their robes ignited. One was tending to a pellet stove. Nearly all the victims were women in their 70s and 80s. All the deaths were prior to the initial recall in April.

This is the second expansion of the recall of Blair robes, as the death toll has mounted. Added to the recall are 138,000 more chenille robes, jackets and tops. All of the recalled clothing was manufactured by A-One Textile and Towel of Pakistan, the CPSC said.

The additional items being recalled were sold by Blair between 2000 and 2007. A full list is available here.

Many of the products do not meet federal flammability standards, the CPSC said. Owners of the products are urged to stop wearing the recalled clothing immediately. Consumers can get either a full refund or a $50 gift card from Blair.

For more information, consumers can call Blair at (877) 392-7095 Monday through Saturday between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Eastern Times, visit www.blair.com/recall, or e-mail blairproductrecall@blair.com.
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