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Debenhams Recalls Steam Irons Over 'Fire Risk'
Debenhams is recalling thousands of steam irons as a "precautionary measure" after one of the products caught fire.
The department store said one of its customers reported an electrical fault when using the iron, which caused the power cable to ignite.
"A flame came from the cord area where it enters the iron," a company spokesman said.
The potentially dangerous fault involves Debenhams' Best Buy Value Steam Iron Model S13WH.
More than 4,200 of the £12 irons were sold in stores in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland or online between June 2011 and April 2013.
People who bought one are urged to check the batch number on the rating plate, which is located on the heel at the back of the iron.
Products with batch numbers MIC161031/0411, MIC161103/1111 and MIC161174/1212 should not be used but returned to store for a full refund.
"If you cannot reach a Debenhams store, please contact our customer services department and dispose of the iron by taking it to a recycling dump or placing it in your domestic recycling bin," the spokesman added.
It is the second major recall issued by Debenhams in the last six weeks.
Last month, the store asked customers who bought some of its electric blankets to return them after it found a possible electrical fault.