|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
Originally issued January 5, 1998
Revised June 6, 2002
Release # 98-050
Company Phone Number: (413) 436-7704 |
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Ken Giles, (301) 504-7052
Note: Phone number change.
CPSC, Hardwick Knitted Fabrics Inc. Announce Recall of
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer
Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Hardwick Knitted Fabrics
Inc. of West Warren, Mass., announces the recall of an
estimated 16,800 fleece garments. Most of the garments are
children's vests and pants; infant shirts; men's shirts; and
ladies' tops, top and pants sets, and robes. These garments,
which fail to meet federal mandatory standards for fabric
flammability, could 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 than newspaper.
Hardwick Knitted Fabrics Inc. and CPSC are not aware of
any injuries involving these garments. This recall is being
conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.
Only the red and navy colors of this fabric are being
recalled. The fabric is an 80 percent cotton and 20 percent
polyester blend material with a raised fiber surface. Its
fleecy texture closely resembles an inside-out sweatshirt
and is sometimes called sherpa.
The Recalled Garments
- Infant's and Toddler's Vest in two styles. One infant
and toddler vest style is red, without buttons, with black
stitching along the edge and has a 3-inch "Winnie the Pooh
with Scarf" applique on the front left side showing Winnie
skating. The other style vest also is red, has four
turquoise-blue buttons on the left side and turquoise-blue
trim along the edge. It has a 3-inch "Winnie the Pooh with
Scarf" applique on the front left side. On this applique,
Winnie is carrying a turquoise-blue bag. The label reads, in
part, "Winnie the Pooh," and has the RN number 19109. These
vests were sold at J.C. Penney.
- Infant and Toddler Pants. These red pants are
footless with elastic at the ankles and waist, a 2-inch
"Winnie the Pooh with Santa Cap and Scarf" applique on the
bottom of the left leg. The applique has a royal blue
background and the word "POOH" appears below the Santa
figure. The label reads, in part, "Winnie the Pooh," and has
the RN number 19109. These pants were sold at J.C. Penney.
- Infant Shirt with rounded collar and small bow. These
red, pull-over shirts have a large "Winnie the Pooh with
Santa Cap, Blue and White Scarf and Blue Mittens" applique
on the front of the shirt. The label reads, in part, "Winnie
the Pooh," and the RN number is 19109. These were sold at
Kohl's Department Stores.
- Girl's Jumper and Boy's Shirt. These red garments
have an applique on the front showing a Scottie dog with bow
tied to its tail. The shirt is a pull-over with long
sleeves. They are labeled, in part, "Chocolate Soup," and
were sold at Chocolate Soup retail stores.
- Ladies' Top with black and white stripes at collar
and cuffs. These red tops have a three-button slit extending
from the neck to the mid-chest. The label reads, in part,
"Bon Jour," and the RN number is 76902. It was sold at
- Ladies' Top and Pant Sets in two styles. One style of
these navy sets has a zipper extending from the neck to the
mid-chest with a pouch. The other style has buttons
extending from the neck to the waist with a left breast
pocket. They are labeled, in part, "Kingly," and
have the RN number 17819. They were sold at Bradlees.
- Ladies' Robes in three styles. One style of these red
and navy robes has shawl-style collars, a belt that ties in
the front and two side pockets. Another style of the robe
has a polo-style collar, a front zipper that extends the
full length of the robe and a pouch at belt level. The third
style is tri-color, which can include red, navy and other
third colors. Only the robes that include the red or navy
colors are part of the recall. This style also is collarless
with a zipper that extends the full length of the robe and
has two side pockets. The label reads, in part, "CypressTM,"
and the RN number is 16073. These robes were sold at
Bloomingdales, Dillards, Carson Pirie Scott, Marshalls,
Nordstrom, Stein Mart and other retail stores.
- Ladies' Robe and Ladies' Top. These red robes and
pull-over tops have rounded collars, piping below the neck
encircling the collar and piping at the sleeves. The robes
have a full-length front zipper. The label on both garments
reads, in part, "Miss Elaine at Home," and the RN number is
17414. They were sold at Mercantile Stores, Dillards, Macy's
and other retail stores.
- Men's Shirt in three styles. These navy shirts were
sold with a crew neck collar with no buttons, a shirt with a
short collar and four buttons extending from the neck to the
mid-chest, or a shirt with a short collar and zipper
extending from the neck to the mid-chest. The label on
these shirts reads, in part, "Northwest Territory" and the
RN number is 81801. They were sold at Kmart stores.
The fleece garments were sold from August 1996 to July
1997 for about $20 to $75, depending on the type of garment.
Consumers should stop using these garments immediately
and return them to the store where purchased for a refund.
For more information about this recall, consumers should
call (413) 436-7704 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m EST
Monday through Friday.