Heating Pad Recall

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The following recall has been announced:

-About 292,108 HoMedics heating pads, distributed by HoMedics
Inc., because some of the heating pads contain a loose connection
that can cause the product to generate too much heat, which poses
as a burn hazard to consumers and a fire hazard. The company has
received eight reports of consumers receiving minor or first-degree
burns associated with the use of the heating pads and about 50
reports of property damage, most of which were reports of damage to
the heating pad.

The recalled models include the following: Model 802857
(Walgreens by HoMedics) Standard Size Moist/Dry Heating Pad, sold
exclusively through Walgreens Co.; HoMedics Thera-P Model HP-100
Standard Size Dry Heating Pad; HoMedics Thera-P Model HP-150
Standard Size Moist/Dry Heating Pad; HoMedics Thera-P Model HP-200
Standard Size Moist/Dry Heating Pad with Auto Shut-off; HoMedics
Thera-P Model HP-300 King Size Moist/Dry Heating Pad; and HoMedics
Thera-P Model HP-500 King Size Moist/Dry Heating Pad with Auto

Each heating pad has a four-digit date code located both on the
back of the hand control. The recall includes those with date codes
ending in 01. The heating pads were produced in 2001 and shipped to
retailers in 2001 and 2002. They were sold nationwide at drug,
discount, department and Walgreens stores. For more information,
visit http://www.homedics.com or http://www.fda.gov.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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