October 30, 1996
Release # 97-016
|CPSC: Hanna Simone
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1185
CPSC and J.C. Penney Announce Recall of
Highly Flammable Chenille Sweaters
WASHINGTON, D.C. In cooperation with the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), J.C. Penney Company Inc. (JCPenney) of Plano,
Texas, is voluntarily recalling 26,240 velvety-textured chenille sweaters, which could
present a risk of serious burn injuries if exposed to an open flame. JCPenney reported
that the sweaters fail the flammability regulation under the federal Flammable Fabrics
Act. If the sweaters catch on fire, they can burn as fast as newspaper.
The sweaters, made of 67 percent rayon and 33 percent nylon, come in short or long-sleeved
styles in the colors: apple (kiwi or lime green), black, dark brown (chocolate), forest
green, fuschia, ivory, plum, red, and royal. The sweaters involved in this recall are sold
in the JCPenney retail stores as lot numbers 642-1410 and 642-1411 and in the JCPenney
1996 Christmas Catalog as lot number 542-0971. The lot numbers for the sweaters sold in
the retail stores can be found on the JCPenney price tag below the bar code or by
referring to the customer's sales slip. The lot numbers for the sweaters sold through the
JCPenney Christmas Catalog can be found on page 89 as item "D" or by referring
to the shipping information.
JCPenney imported the sweaters from Matsue Industries Co. Ltd. of Hong Kong selling them
under the brand name "M B MIXED BLUES CLOTHING CO." The sewn-in care label has
the RN number 93677 on the front and the supplier number 701524 on the back. JCPenney
retail stores and the JCPenney 1996 Christmas Catalog sold the sweaters nationwide from
September 1996 to October 1996 for about $29 to $36.
Consumers should not wear the sweaters and should return them for a full refund or credit
to any JCPenney retail store. If the purchase was a catalog sale, return the sweater to
the catalog desk at any JCPenney retail store or refer to page 475 of the JCPenney 1996
Christmas Catalog for returns or exchanges by mail. For more information or assistance,
consumers should call JCPenney at (800) 709-5777. Direct media inquiries for JCPenney to
Duncan Muir at (972) 431-1329.
JCPenney and CPSC are not aware of any injuries involving this product. This recall is
being conducted to prevent injuries.
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