December 17, 1996
Release # 97-046
|CPSC: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187
CPSC Recalls Highly Flammable Chenille
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today the stop sale and recall of more than 32,000
dangerously flammable chenille sweaters sized for girls and women. The sale of these
sweaters violates the federal Flammable Fabrics Act, and the sweaters present a serious
risk of burn injuries. In fact, these sweaters burn faster than newspaper.
Although CPSC has not received reports of injuries
from these sweaters to date, the agency is issuing this safety notice and recalling the
sweaters to prevent injuries from these dangerous products.
The sweaters, which were made in China, Hong Kong,
Taiwan, and the United States, are made in a variety of colors of very soft textured
chenille. Sweater styles are primarily long sleeved or short sleeved with a crew or turtle
neckline; although, there is also a v-neck vest style and a mock wrap style. The sweaters
sold for between $38 and $130 at large department stores and small boutiques nationwide.
Nearly all of these sweaters are made of 65 percent rayon/35 percent nylon; although, a
few styles are made of 90 percent rayon/10 percent nylon, 67 percent rayon/33 percent
nylon, or 100 percent rayon.
CPSC is working with a number of importers and
retailers to recall these sweaters. CPSC surveyed over 100 retail stores in major U.S.
cities to test for the fire hazard.
CPSC urges consumers to immediately stop wearing
sweaters they believe may be involved in this recall. These flammable sweaters should be
returned to the retailers where purchased. Retailers taking part in this recall will
provide a refund or credit.
The following major retailers sold the sweaters:
- Lerner of New York
- Limited Too
- Lord & Taylor
- Neiman Marcus
- Parisian, Inc.
CPSC found the following brand names and RN
numbers on the labels of the sweaters that failed the flammability test. Consumers can
call the importers and manufacturers listed for more information.
BCBG Max Azria
525 Made in America
525 Made in America, Inc.
New York, N.Y.
Pretty Talk Inc.
Fredini, dba Miss LA
Los Angeles, Calif.
Karen Kane Lifestyle Petite
Los Angeles, Calif.
Karen Kane Lifestyle
Limited Inc. Limited Too
Limited Express (Limited Inc.)
Lerner New York Inc. (Limited Inc.)
New York, N.Y.
There are sweaters with the brand names and RN
numbers listed here that are not violative. Retailers should be able to tell whether an
individual chenille sweater is involved in this recall based on the yle numbers they have.
The importers and manufacturers have voluntarily
agreed to recall the sweaters from consumers and will issue recall information through the
retailers who sold the products.
For additional questions about this chenille
sweater recall, including information on other retailers participating in this recall,
consumers can call the CPSC toll-free hotline at (800) 638-2772.
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,
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