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March 31, 1997

Release # 97-091
CPSC: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC and MBR Industries Inc. Recall Irons

CPSC and MBR Industries Inc. Recall IronsWASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), MBR Industries Inc. of Miami, Fla., is recalling about 40,000 electric irons. The irons' thermostats could malfunction causing the irons to overheat, which presents a fire hazard.

CPSC and MBR are not aware of any injuries involving these irons. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The black, red, or beige irons have a metal base and a plastic handle. The "Pomtrex" trademark displays above the settings' menu. The iron was packaged in a cardboard box labeled in part, "POMTREX ELECTRIC AUTOMATIC IRON...MODEL NO. 600-00701."

Independent discount, hardware, and variety stores nationwide sold the irons from November 1994 through September 1996 for about $7.

Consumers should stop using the recalled irons immediately and return them to the stores where purchased for a full refund. For more information, consumers can call MBR at (800) 325-0015. Consumers who live in Florida can call MBR collect at (305) 769-1000.

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