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March 24, 1997

Release # 97-085
CPSC: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC and Neiman Marcus/Bergdorf Goodman Announce Recall of Flammable Bathrobes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Neiman Marcus of Dallas, Texas, and Bergdorf Goodman of New York, N.Y., are voluntarily recalling over 6,500 cotton terry cloth bathrobes for men and women made by EGERIA International. The fabric, which fails to meet federal mandatory standards of fabric flammability, may ignite readily and presents 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 than newspaper.

Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman are aware of four incidents of these bathrobes igniting when exposed to a flame, but no injuries resulted.

The robes have a label at the neckline that reads, "Made expressly for Bergdorf Goodman by EGERIA," "EGERIA International," or "The DREAM Robe made byEGERIA expressly for Neiman Marcus." The men's and women's bathrobes are 100% cotton terry cloth, which feels heavy and soft. The robes come in kimono (no collar) and shawl collar styles in both short and long lengths. The robes come in a variety of colors, including black, navy, wine, teal, pink, yellow, light blue, white, and off-white.

Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman stores nationwide sold these bathrobes from December 1988 through February 1997 for about $220 to $330.

Consumers should immediately stop wearing these EGERIA bathrobes and return them to any Neiman Marcus or Bergdorf Goodman store for a full refund. For more information, consumers should call Neiman Marcus at (800) 685-6695 or Bergdorf Goodman at (800) 218-4918. Consumers can also call CPSC's toll-free hotline at (800) 638-2772.

This recall does not extend to other terry cloth bathrobes sold by Neiman Marcus or Bergdorf Goodman stores.

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