May 8, 1996
Release # 96-121
|CPSC: Ken Giles
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1184
CPSC and Fiebing Announce Leather Dye Solvent
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Fiebing Co. of Milwaukee, Wisc., is voluntarily
recalling about 8,000 four-fluid-ounce containers of Fiebing's Leather Dye Solvent. The
solvent, which contains methyl alcohol, was not packaged in child-resistant packaging, and
was not labeled with the necessary warnings, cautions for use, and instructions for
appropriate first aid in the event of ingestion, in accordance with the Federal Hazardous
Substances Act and the Poison Prevention Packaging Act. Methyl alcohol is toxic and can
cause serious injury or death if ingested by children.
CPSC and Fiebing Co. are not aware of any injuries involving this product. This voluntary
recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury. The violation was found
during an inspection of the manufacturer by CPSC.
Fiebing's Leather Dye Solvent is used to thin dyes on leather items. The solvent was
packaged in four-fluid-ounce bottles labeled in part "FIEBING'S LEATHER DYE SOLVENT
... FOR THINNING LEATHER DYE ... Fiebing Company, Inc. Milwaukee, WI 53204 ...".Tandy
Leather stores and The Leather Factory stores have sold the solvent nationwide for
approximately 50 years to March, 1996 for approximately $1 a bottle.
Consumers should discontinue use of the product immediately and return the product to the
retail store where purchased for a full refund. Consumers can also mail the solvent to
Fiebing Co., 516 S. Second St., Box 04125, Milwaukee, WI. 53204, Attn: Dennis Kendall. For
more information, consumers should call (800) 558-1033.
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