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Hand held hair dryer, silver and black, 2 speed, 2 heat settings.
Personal Care
Grooming
Hair Dryers (1602)
Helen of Troy    
Revlon
1875
 
 
walmart
Unspecified
4/5/2011 This date is an estimate
I have been using a Revlon 1875 hair dryer for about a year. A few months ago I noticed my hair had a dry, brittle texture and thought it was either damage caused by my curling iron, or was due to changes brought on by menopause. Now I can put it all together. This morning, as soon as I started drying my hair, my hair dryer overheated, sparks came from within the barrel, and my hair smoked, burned and came out in the brush.
I immediately stopped using the dryer. It did not pop the circuit breaker built into the plug, nor did it pop the Ground fault circuit in the bathroom.
I have kept the unit for inspection if needed, and have kept some of the hair I lost.
Using an infrared thermometer gun, my husband was able to measure the heat at 305 degrees.
6/10/2011
Home/Apartment/Condominium 
Injury→Injury, No First Aid or Medical Attention Received
Self
Female
53 years
Yes
No
No
Plan to email Revlon because I have seen other stories of a similar nature being discussed in forums.
No
Yes
Comment from Helen of Troy 7/5/2011
Revlon licenses Helen of Troy to use the Revlon trademark on its appliances. Revlon's license agreement requires that Helen of Troy design and manufacture the licensed products in accordance with applicable safety and quality standards of the industry, comply with all applicable laws and regulations of any governmental or administrative body, and have all licensed products listed by and manufactured according to the standards of the Underwriters’ Laboratories, an independent organization that sets standards for and certifies the safety of electrical appliances. Helen of Troy acknowledges receipt of the submission. We are in the process of investigating the allegations made in the submission.

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