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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kathleen Begala
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
August 19, 1994
Release # 94-119

CPSC Issues Update On Recall Of Flammable, Sheer, Chiffon Skirts

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued an update today on the recall of a quarter of a million sheer chiffon skirts that failed to meet the regulation under the Flammable Fabrics Act. Based on a number of inquiries to the agency's hotline that show confusion about the scope of the skirt recall, CPSC is updating its recall to clarify information for importers, retailers, and consumers.

The recalled garments are certain two-layer skirts made from 100 percent rayon or a rayon/cotton blend with the following characteristics and label information:

Skirt characteristics: Two layer skirt with sheer chiffon fabric over a gauze lining. These summer and fall-line skirts are long and full with elastic waist bands, which may also have drawstrings at the waist.

General Label Information:

  • Made in India.
  • 100 percent rayon or 65 percent rayon (viscose)/35 percent cotton.
  • Hand Wash Separately in Cold Water or Dry Clean Only.

The current recall does not include:

  1. "Broomstick" skirts
  2. Dresses
  3. Pants
  4. Scarves
  5. Single-layer garments
  6. Garments made from 100 percent cotton.

CPSC, which has received reports of additional retailers and importers of the recalled skirt not listed in the original press release, is following up on these reports to extend the scope of the recall as necessary.

In response to the recall, CPSC has also received several reports of skirts catching on fire and burn injuries that are under investigation.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to info@cpsc.gov.

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