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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 percent metallic."

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.

Description:

  • 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 sequin trim.
  • 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
  • Putumayo
  • Casual Corner
  • Willis Hill for Accessories Int'l
  • Berkshire

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 recall:

  • Bon-Worth
  • Burlington Coat Factory
  • Caldor
  • Cato
  • Mervyn's
  • Ross
  • 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) 638-2772.

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 info@cpsc.gov.

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