Conair recalls 291,000 hair dryers

By Chavon Sutton, staff reporter

NEW YORK ( -- Conair Corp. is recalling 291,000 BabylissPro model hair dryers because they pose a laceration risk, a government agency said Friday.

Conair (CNGA) disclosed 16 reports of the fan breaking, causing the plastic shell to shatter, as well as reports of hair dryers sparking and smoking, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said in a statement.

BabylissPro 052 Series Professional Compact Hair Dryer

So far, seven people have reported minor cuts and one customer reported seeking medical attention for a cut on the hand, according to the CPSC.

The East Windsor, N.J.-based company manufactures hair dryers, curling irons, straighteners, and other personal grooming and home care appliances.

A Conair spokesman, who asked not to be named, said that the recall was a "precautionary" measure, done in an "ambundance of caution." He declined to comment further.

The voluntary recall covers five BabylissPro model types, which are listed on the company's Website at The affected dryers, which were made in China, were sold at professional salons and online retailers between January 2006 and April 2010, at prices ranging from $20 to $30.

Conair urged consumers to stop using the recalled products immediately and to contact the company for a free replacement hair dryer. To top of page

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