By Patrick Avenell
Sunbeam has today issued a recall notice on two electric blanket ranges sold as trade brands through Retravision and Myer stores. The brand names are Sunbeam Regency (Retravision) and Heritage by Sunbeam (Myer).
Sunbeam CEO David Jackson, in an interview with Current.com.au, said this recall was precautionary and that no injuries or damage had been reported.
"We sold these electric blankets to Retravision and Myer between 2010 and 2012. Unfortunately, there’s a slight possibility that the electrical power cord, at an area where it connects into the blanket, could become fatigued and result in a safety hazard," Jackson said.
"The unusual situation here is that there have been no reported failures of this power cord, there have been no injuries and the product still complies with all Australian safety standards. However, because we feel that there’s a possibility of a safety hazard, we are going to undertake the recall, purely as a precautionary measure.
"Consumer safety is extremely important to us - we’re very conservative and careful in this respect - and the pure fact that there is a potential risk out there results in the fact that we think we need to undertake this recall."
To identify model numbers, consumers are advised to check the "care label" sewn on to the blanket.
For Sunbeam Regency, the model numbers are: BA412R, BA415R, BA442R and BA445R. For Heritage by Sunbeam, the model numbers are: BA412C, BA415C, BA442C and BA445C.
Affected consumers should immediately cease using the product and contact Sunbeam on 1300 138 774 or via the website Sunbeam.com.au/recall. Sunbeam is offering replacements and refunds for affected consumers.