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May 22, 1996

Release # 96-128
CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC and Kmart Announce Recall of Infant Girls' Rompers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Kmart Corporation, of Troy, Mich., is voluntarily recalling 23,000 rompers for infant girls. The paint on the rompers' buttons is dangerous for young children because it contains an excessive level of lead. Because of the excessive lead levels, the rompers violate the Consumer Product Safety Act.

Kmart initiated the recall in response to a consumer's concerns about paint chipping from the buttons after washing the rompers. Kmart and CPSC are not aware of any injuries involving the garments. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The short sleeve, crew-neck rompers, which come in white with pink flowers or white with blue flowers, were available in three sizes: 12 months, 18 months, and 24 months. Three shiny plastic buttons on the front of the garments each measure approximately .5 inch in diameter. Sewn-in tags in the neck of the rompers read in part, "YOUNG CLASSICS (TM) 60% COTTON 40% POLYESTER RN # 42000 BANGLADESH." The style number 1832 appears on the rompers' hang tags.

Kmart stores sold the rompers nationwide for $6.99 from January 1996 through April 1996 under the Young Classics label in the Kidsworld department.

Consumers should return the rompers to any Kmart store for a full refund. For more information about this recall, consumers should contact Kmart at their toll-free customer service line at (800) 63KMART. Consumers can also contact any Kmart store for more information.

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