July 10, 1996
Release # 96-163
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192
CPSC and India Arts Inc. Announce Recall of Silk
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.
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