FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

July 16, 1976

 

Release # 76-046


WASHINGTON, D.C. ( July 16 ) -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced it has provisionally accepted a consent agreement prohibiting Guild Industries Corporation, St. Petersberg, Florida, and Martin Byrd, individually and as an officer of the corporation from manufacturing or selling mattresses which fail to meet the requirements of the Flammable Fabrics Act.

The agreement is now available for a 60-day period for public comment after which the Commission will make its final decision on acceptance or rejection of the agreement.

Guild Industries, under the terms of the agreement, is ordered to recall all mattresses manufactured since December 23, 1973, which do not meet all federal flammability requirements. A complete refund or replacement in addition to transportation costs will be offered to customers returning non- complying mattresses.

The company is further ordered to bring into conformance with the law or else destroy non-complying mattresses recalled or in inventory. Records sufficient to establish the effectiveness of the recall from consumer notification through reprocessing and or destruction are also required to be kept by Guild.

The agreement is for settlement purposes only and does not constitute an admission by the company that it has violated the law. Any violation of this consent agreement Guild Industries, could result in the assessment of substantial civil penalties.

Copies of the complaint and consent agreement can be obtained from the office of the Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, D. C. 20207. Comments on the agreement should be received by the Office of the Secretary by September 10, 1976.

For additional information about this consent agreement, contact the Bureau of Compliance, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, D.C. 20207.