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Electric blankets recalled because loose plug creates fire hazard

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A Maine company is recalling about 394,000 electric blankets because a loose plug can overheat and start fires.

Biddeford Textile Corp., of Biddeford, Maine, has received 34 reports of the plug on the blanket's detachable control switch overheating, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Friday. No injuries were reported and the only property damage was the melted and scorched blankets.

The electric blankets were sold under the model names Controlled Comfort, EH 2000, Starbright, Staywarm, Supreme 21, Warm Comfort, and had serial numbers A001A to C210C.

The model name, serial number and ``Biddeford Textile Corporation'' are printed on a label near where the control switch is plugged in.

The blankets were sold in king, queen, double and twin sizes in various colors, including off-white, hunter green, light blue, navy blue, white, rose, plum, burgundy, French blue, sage green, teal and rawhide.

Department stores including Kohl's and Target, and direct mail order companies sold these blankets nationwide from August 1999 through July 2001 for between $100 to $150.

The safety commission said consumers should stop using the electric blankets. Consumers shouldn't return them to the company, but can get a free replacement plug connector adapter by calling the company toll-free at 1-877-217-6294.

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