In 2012, six Sunbeam models were recalled after their controllers were found to be unreliable and a fire hazard. Thousands of blankets were affected, and we were inundated with so many complaints about the reliability of controllers that we removed our recommendations from all electric blankets.
We were shaken by the extent of the recalls. When you’re sleeping on a thin piece of fabric packed with electrified heating elements, one bit of faulty wiring is all that stands between you and disaster. That’s why we redesigned our test to include a rigorous assessment of the safety and durability of the controller and power supply.
The following Sunbeam electric blankets sold between 2010 and 2012 are affected:
- Sunbeam Regency electric blankets, model numbers BA442R, BA445R and BA447R. Sold at Farmers stores from 2010 to 2012.
- Sunbeam Ralta electric blankets, model numbers BA201, BA203 and BA208. Sold through retailers nationwide from 2010 to 2012. Affected models can be also be identified by the part number BL0215 moulded on the back of the detachable controller.