February 28, 1997
Release # 97-074
|CPSC: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187
CPSC and Importers Announce Recall of
Garments Made From a Flammable Fleece Fabric
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation
with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), importers Regent International
and Tomen America, both of New York, N.Y., are announcing the recall of dangerously
flammable garments made from a fleece-type fabric. Over 138,000 adults' garments,
primarily tops, are involved in this recall.
The fabric, which fails to meet federal mandatory standards of fabric flammability, may
ignite readily and present a serious risk of burn injuries in violation of the Federal
Flammable Fabrics Act. Fabrics that do not comply with the standard typically burn faster
CPSC is aware of one incident of a Regent top that
ignited when exposed to a candle's flame, but no injuries resulted. This recall is being
conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.
The fabric is a cotton-polyester blend material
with a raised fiber surface. Its fleecy texture closely mimics that of an inside-out
sweatshirt. This fabric is often called sherpa.
Regent International Recall
Regent International is recalling about 116,700
women's fleece garments, primarily tops in polo, crew, and tunic styles. Some jackets and
pants are also included in this recall. The garments come in sage, peach, ivory, and gray
and have two sewn-in labels, one that reads "Jason Maxwell" and the other that
reads "Made in Turkey...RN 34570." The fiber content of the sage, peach, and
ivory garments is 80% cotton/20% polyester, and the fiber content of the gray garments is
55% cotton/45% polyester.
The garments were sold nationwide mainly by J.C.
Penney, although they were also sold by other retailers, including Petrie, Jean Nicole,
Stuarts, Dayton's, Hudson's, and Marshall Fields. The garments were sold from October 1996
through January 1997 for about $20 to $40.
Tomen America Recall
Tomen America is recalling about 21,400 men's
fleece shirts. The shirts are long-sleeved henley-style pullovers with a five-button
closure at the neck. The shirts come in navy, spruce green, olive green, natural,
burgundy, and gray and have two sewn-in labels, one that reads "Fast" and the
other that reads "Made in Korea...RN 57336." The fiber content of the shirts is
80% cotton/20% polyester.
The garments were sold nationwide by Ross Dress
For Less. The garments were sold from July 1996 through January 1997 for about $10 to $20.
CPSC urges consumers to immediately stop wearing
garments they believe may be involved in this recall. Consumers should return the garments
to the store where purchased for a full refund. This recall does not extend to other Jason
Maxwell or Fast garments. For more information, consumers can call Regent International
toll-free at (800) 536-1500 and Tomen America toll-free at (888) 287-2207.
CPSC is continuing to investigate fleece garments
to determine whether or not they are in compliance with the law.
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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