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July 10, 1996

Release # 96-163
CPSC: Nychelle   White
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192

CPSC and India Arts Inc. Announce Recall of Silk Scarves

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), India Arts Inc. of San Francisco, Calif., is voluntarily recalling 5,421 dangerously flammable sheer silk scarves. The sale of the scarves violates the federal Flammable Fabrics Act because the scarves present a serious risk of burn injuries. In fact, these scarves typically burn faster than newspaper.

India Arts and CPSC are not aware of any injuries associated with these scarves. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The scarves, which measure 29 inches by 29 inches, were available in six colors. This recall affects purple, turquoise, and black scarves. The scarves bear a label that reads, "INDIA ARTS" and another label that reads in part, "100% Silk ... DRY CLEAN ONLY ... MADE IN INDIA ... R.N. 28049." Retail boutiques and gift shops sold the scarves nationwide between January 1989 and May 1996 for between $8 and $9.

CPSC urges consumers to stop wearing the recalled scarves immediately and return the scarves 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. For more information about this recall, consumers should contact India Arts Inc. at 20 Heron St., San Francisco, CA 94103 or call (800) 352-1717.

This recall does not affect red, green, or blue scarves imported by India Arts.

CPSC discovered this hazard during a joint CPSC/U.S. Customs import surveillance program.

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