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March 13, 1996

Release # 96-077
CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC, O'Neill Sportswear Announce Jacket Recall

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), O'Neill Sportswear, a division of La Jolla Sports USA, of Irvine, Calif., is recalling 347 "Milky Way" jackets. The jackets, which burn faster than newspaper, violate the federal Flammable Fabrics Act and pose a serious risk of burn injuries.

CPSC and O'Neill are not aware of any injuries involving these jackets. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The hooded, reverse fleece pullover jackets were available in three colors: Black (white with gray pinstripes and stitching), Moondust (white with brown pinstripes and stitching), and Organic Green (white with green pinstripes and stitching). "O'Neill" is embroidered on the chest, and sewn-in labels at the neck read, "O'Neill ... RN # 85773 ...100% Cotton ... Made in USA ... " The jacket's hang tags read in part, "O'Neill ... Quality Fit Function ..." Ski and sports shops sold the jackets from August to November 1995 for approximately $56 in the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio., Oregon, and Wisconsin.

Consumers should stop wearing these jackets immediately and call O'Neill Sportswear at (800) 213-6444 to arrange for a refund or replacement.

The Canadian Government alerted CPSC to this hazard after the jackets' material failed Canadian flammability standards.

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