CPSC cites fire/safety hazards

CPSC cites fire/safety hazards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has reported that the following products may present fire or other safety hazards.

Neon art prints. Spencer Gifts Inc./ DAPY of Pleasantville, New Jersey; manufactured in South Carolina by FALLON NEON. They present a possible fire hazard due to faulty wiring. Spencer Gifts became aware of the problem when a fire broke out in one of its Philadelphia stores. Sold nationwide from November-December 1994. Mounted in plastic frames with the word “FALLON” printed on the back. (Prints with wooden frames are not involved in the recall.) Consumers should immediately unplug the item and return it to Spencer Gifts/DAPY for full refund or call (800) 762-0419 (East Coast) or (800) 321-2497 (West Coast).

Faux fur sweaters. Michael Simon Inc. of New York. Involves 907 sweaters: Style #7348 Spot cardigan in black and white; #7384X Puppy cardigan in black; #9047 fur cardigan; #9048 fur popover pullover sweater in solid colors of black, ivory, steel blue, and pink. Sewn in neck label reads, “MICHAEL SIMON NEW YORK.” The sweaters do not comply with the flammability standard under the Flammable Fabrics Act and are considered “dangerously flammable.” The CPSC learned of the problem while investigating a burn injury involving one of the recalled sweaters reported by the Northbrook (IL) Fire Department. The sweaters were sold nationwide from July 1993 through October 1994 by 100 retailers, including Nordstrom, Bloomingdale`s, Lord and Taylor, and Loehmanns. Consumers should stop wearing the sweaters immediately and return them to the store of purchase for a full refund or call Michael Simon at (212) 382-1910.

Fleece-type fabric garments. Some 160,000 garments were sold across the country after May 1, 1994, under 45 brand names by thousands of retailers (including Macy`s, Express Inc./div. of The Limited, Capezio, Kohl`s, Marianne, Jean Nicole, Stuart`s, specialized boutiques, surf shops, and some hotel gift shops). They violate the 1953 Federal Flammable Fabrics Act. Garments include sweatshirts, hooded pullovers, casual shirts, other tops, pants, vests, dresses, robes, skirts; about 12 percent constitutes children`s wear including sleepwear. No reports of injuries have been received.

Retailers who sold garments made from the fabric have posted signs in their stores urging customer to return the garments for a full refund. Customers should contact the retailer from which the garments were bought or call the CPSC toll-free hotline at (800) 638-2772.

Random Orbit Finishing Sanders, model B05000. Makita U.S.A. Inc. of La Mirada, California. Some 130,000 units of the five-inch model are being recalled. The metal fan inside the sander can fracture during use, break through the motor cover, and possibly injure the operator. About 10 reports of the fan`s breaking (operator injuries occurred in two instances) have been received. The sanders were sold through various hardware stores, tool dealers, and home centers nationwide from April 1992 through June 1994. The recall does not apply to model B05000 sanders with labels that have the letter “N” stamped on the top left side of the identification sticker and printed before the serial number, and model B05001. Customers owning sanders involved in the recall should bring them to the nearest Makita factory or authorized service center, listed in the phone book. n

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