Originally created 12/20/96

Fire threat brings recall of chenille sweaters



WASHINGTON - Ten brands of chenille sweaters for girls and women are being recalled because they are dangerously flammable.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said it has received no reports of injuries from the sweaters but issued the recall and stop-sale order to prevent injuries.

The order, issued Wednesday, covers more than 32,000 soft-textured sweaters, most of which are sleeved with a crew or turtle neckline. They have been sold by large department stores and small boutiques nationwide.

Major retailers that sold the sweaters included: BCBG, Foley's, Macy's, Robinson-May, Bloomingdale's, Lerner of New York, Neiman Marcus, Dillard's, Limited Too, Nordstrom, Express, Lord & Taylor and Parisian Inc.

Made in a variety of colors in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the United States, the sweaters sold for between $38 and $130. Nearly all are 65 percent rayon and 35 percent nylon, although some are a 90-10 or 67-33 combination, while others are 100 percent rayon.

The commission urged consumers to stop wearing sweaters they believe may be involved in the recall and to return them to the retailer where they were purchased.

The recall covers some sweaters under these brand names and retail numbers: BCBG Maxazeria, 80734; 525 Made in America, 61680; Maille Ishyu, 78635; Sisters, 84332; Karen Kane Lifestyle Petite, 59168; Karen Kane Lifestyle, 59168; Karen Kane, 59168; The Limited, 54867; Express Tricot, 54867; and N.Y. Jeans, 23243.