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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.

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