|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 6, 1995
Release # 95-162
|CPSC: Kathleen Begala
(301) 504-0580, Ext. 1193
CPSC and Importers Announce Recall of
Dangerously Flammable Imported Sheer Scarves
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission (CPSC) and 17 importers announced today the stop sale and recall of
375,000 dangerously flammable sheer rayon scarves. This is the largest clothing recall
CPSC has ever conducted under the Flammable Fabrics Act. The sale of these scarves
violates the federal Flammable Fabrics Act and the scarves present a serious risk of burn
injuries. In fact, these scarves typically burn faster than newspaper.
The scarves, which were made in India and sold nationwide, are long, flowing, sheer rayon
chiffon scarves. The scarves, sold for between $2 and $28 at nearly 2,000 large chain
stores and small boutiques nationwide, including those listed in this release. The
majority of the scarves bear the "Fashionique II" label, although not all rayon
scarves with this label are violative of the law. All of the violative scarves are labeled
"Made in India" and "100 percent rayon" or "65 percent rayon/35
CPSC is working with a number of importers and retailers to recall these scarves. In
addition, where appropriate, CPSC staff will seek penalties against importers or retailers
who knowingly violated the Flammable Fabrics Act. Although CPSC has not received any
reports of injuries from these scarves to date, the agency is issuing this safety notice
and recalling the scarves to prevent injuries from these dangerous products.
CPSC urges consumers to immediately stop wearing scarves they believe may be involved in
this recall. These flammable, sheer, rayon chiffon scarves should be returned to the
retailers where they were purchased. Retailers taking part in this recall will provide a
refund, credit or information on returning the scarf for a replacement.
Any sheer, rayon chiffon scarf with the following description and general label
information may be involved in this recall:
General Label Information:
- "Made in India."
- "100 percent rayon" or "65 percent
rayon/35 percent metallic".
- "Fashionique II" brand name.
This label represents the majority of the scarves
involved in the recall.
- Long, flowing, sheer rayon chiffon scarves.
- Square and oblong sheer rayon chiffon scarves.
- Sheer, print and solid-colored rayon chiffon
scarves and sheer, rayon chiffon scarves with metallic threads, gold paint designs or
- Large sheer, rayon chiffon scarves also sold for
use as beach cover-ups (pareos).
The following brand names also appear on scarves
that failed CPSC's flammability tests:
- "ATG" All that Glitters
- Peppermint Bay
- Hasting & Smith
- Sterling Styles
- April Cornell for Cornell Trading
- Casual Corner
- Willis Hill for Accessories Int'l
Scarves without brand names can be identified by
labels with the following RN numbers:
- RN 13962
- RN 36791
- RN 52466
- RN 62500
- RN 63408
- RN 71290
- RN 79756
There may be scarves with the brand names and RN
numbers listed here that are not violative. Retailers should be able to tell whether an
individual sheer rayon chiffon scarf is violative based on the style numbers they have.
The retailers listed below sold the largest number of scarves involved in this nationwide
- Burlington Coat Factory
- Simply 6/Simply Fashions
- T.J. Maxx
- Venture Stores
Numerous other retailers are also participating in
this recall. Consumers who have questions can call the CPSC toll-free hotline at (800)
The following importers have voluntarily agreed to recall the scarves from consumers and
will issue recall information through the retailers who sold the products:
- Accessories International
- All that Glitters
- Amee Sales, Inc.
- Associated Merchandise Corp. Pier 1 Imports
- Berkshire Fashions, Inc.
- Cejon Accessories, Inc.
- Cornell Trading
- Delhi-York, Inc.
- Fashionique, Inc.
- India Cottage Emporium, Inc.
- I. Shalom & Co.
- Sago Imports
- Sonali Corporation
- Sterling Styles, Inc.
- Sud Amerique Trading
- U.S. Shoe Corporation
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 obtain this release and recall
information or report product hazards to firstname.lastname@example.org.