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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 26, 1997

Release # 97-147
CPSC: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC, Charles Komar & Sons Inc. Announce Recall of Flammable Garments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Charles Komar & Sons Inc. of New York, N.Y., is recalling about 6,800 fleece robes and lounge sets for women. The fabric, which fails to meet federal mandatory standards for fabric flammability, could 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.

Charles Komar & Sons Inc. and CPSC are not aware of any injuries involving these garments. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.

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.

The robes and lounge sets come in sizes small, medium, and large and in the following colors: green, red, blue, burgundy, ivory, and purple. All of these garments are made in Hong Kong from 80% cotton and 20% polyester.

The mid-calf length robes come in four styles. There are three styles with the Earth Angels brand label, including a button front robe with a belt (style 82308), a wrap front robe with a belt (style 88308), and a hooded zip front robe (style 84308). An additional style has the Maidenform brand label and is a button front robe with a belt (style 882308). The brand name and style numbers for these robes can be found on the sewn-in labels at the robes' neck.

The two piece lounge sets include a button front top and elastic waist pants. There is one style with the Earth Angels brand label (style 87308). The other style carries the Maidenform brand label (style 887308). The brand name and style numbers for these lounge sets can be found on the sewn-in labels at the tops' neck.

Dillards stores nationwide (excluding California), Maidenform Factory Outlets storesnationwide, and a few small clothing and hosiery stores in Louisiana and South Carolina soldthe garments from September 1996 through April 1997 for about $40 to $50.

Consumers should immediately stop wearing these garments and return them to thestore where purchased for a full refund. For more information about this recall, consumersshould call Charles Komar & Sons Inc. at (800) 713-9155.

This recall does not extend to other Earth Angels or Maidenform 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, 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 info@cpsc.gov.

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