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May 8, 1996

Release # 96-121
CPSC: Ken Giles
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1184

CPSC and Fiebing Announce Leather Dye Solvent Recall

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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