March 24, 1997
Release # 97-087
|CPSC: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187
CPSC and Target Announce Recall of
Flammable Sweat Shirts
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Target Stores of Minneapolis, Minn., is
recalling about 106,000 fleece sweat shirts for men and boys sold under the brand name
"UTILITY." 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.
The fabric is a cotton-polyester blend material with a raised fiber surface. Its fleecy
texture closely mimics that of an inside-out sweat shirt. This fabric is often called
The sweat shirts come in two styles: crew neck (with the word "UTILITY"
embroidered at the left chest area) and zippered polo (with collar and 5-inch zipper
closure at the neck). The sweat shirts come in a variety of sizes and colors, including
gray, blue, green, and taupe. The sweat shirts have two sewn-in labels, one that reads
"Wear anywhere UTILITY Quality Clothing" and the other that reads "Made in
Target Stores nationwide sold the sweat shirts from June 1996 through February 1997 for
about $18 to $22. Consumers should immediately stop wearing these sweat shirts and return
them to the store where purchased for a full refund. For additional information about this
recall, consumers should call Target Stores collect at (612) 304-6000. Consumers can also
call CPSC's toll-free hotline at (800) 638-2772.
This recall does not extend to other "UTILITY" brand garments.
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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