May 14, 1997
Release # 97-121
|CPSC: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187
CPSC and Levi Strauss & Co. Announce
Recall of Garments Made From a Flammable Fleece Fabric
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Levi Strauss & Co. of San Francisco,
Calif., is announcing the recall of approximately 57,000 fleece fabric shirts. The fabric
is a cotton-polyester blend material with a raised fiber surface. Its fleecy texture
closely resembles that of an inside-out sweatshirt. This fabric is often called sherpa.
Levi Strauss & Co. is recalling over 34,000 Levi's Jeans for Women junior-sized
sweatshirts. Most of these garments were found to be dangerously flammable. The fabric in
the garments fails to meet federal mandatory standards for fabric flammability and 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 and Levi Strauss & Co. are not aware of any injuries involving these shirts. This
recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury. The Levi's Jeans for Women
junior-sized sweatshirts come in two styles: a sleeveless, pullover vest with drawstring
hood and center embroidery (product code 55930), and a long sleeve, crew neck sweatshirt
with a center embroidery (product code 55956). The product codes can be found on the
inside of the garment on the care label. The shirts come in sizes small, medium, and large
and in a variety of colors, including black, olive, white, red, purple, and Caribbean
blue. The garments have a sewn-in label that reads, "Levi's Jeans for Women... Made
in Korea...82% cotton/18% polyester...WPL 423."
The garments were sold nationwide at retailers, such as J.C. Penney, Levi's Only Store,
and Levi's Outlet by Designs. Garments were sold from October 1996 to February 1997 for a
retail-established price of about $30.
Levi Strauss & Co. is also voluntarily recalling about 23,000 similar sweatshirts,
which may fail the federal mandatory standards for fabric flammability. These shirts were
sold under the Dockers Khakis for Women label and the Dockers Authentics for Men label.
Levi Strauss & Co. is aware of one incident of a shirt reportedly flaring up when
exposed to a flame, but no injuries resulted.
There are three styles of women's petites and misses reverse fleece Dockers Khakis for
Women garments including, vests (product codes 53601 and 54601), cardigans (product codes
53604 and 54604), and pullovers (product codes 53605 and 54605). These garments come in
small, medium, and large and in a variety of colors, including ink, oatmeal heather,
black, red, and natural. There is one style of the men's reverse fleece Dockers Authentics
for Men garment, which is a shirt that laces up the front (product code 67191). This
garment is navy in color and comes in small, medium, large, and extra large. The product
codes can be found on the inside of the garment on the care label. The garments have a
sewn-in label that reads either "Dockers Khakis for Women" or "Dockers
Authentics for Men", and "Made in Korea...80% cotton/20% polyester...WPL
The garments were sold nationwide at retailers, such as J.C. Penney. Garments were sold
from August 1995 to February 1997 for a retail-established price of about $25 to $35.
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 Levi Strauss & Co. garments. For more
information, consumers can call Levi Strauss & Co. toll-free at 1-800-USA-LEVI, or
write to the company at Levi's Plaza, P.O. Box 7215, San Francisco, CA 94120.
CPSC is continuing to investigate additional 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,
call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order
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