FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

April 22, 1976

 

Release # 76-026


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Apr. 22) -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced it has provisionally accepted a consent agreement prohibiting Galaxy Carpet Mills, Inc., from marketing carpets or rugs that fail to meet standards under the Flammable Fabrics Act.

The agreement stated that Galaxy of Elk Grove Village, Illinois, had produced between late 1972 and early 1973 carpet and rugs with foam backing in two styles, Polara and Laredo, that had failed tests under the Standard for Surface Flammability of Carpets and Rugs (DOC FF l-70).

The Laredo carpet included 12,178 square yards in '"mist green" and "autumn leaves" color and included rolls numbered 25607 and 23763; and 5,735 yards of "exotic red" dyelot 30118, including roll number 70366. The Polara carpet included colors "oriental red" dyelot 33976, involving about 3,000 square yards, including roll number 40858, and "peacock" dyelot 37687, involving 3,288 yards including roll number 45863.

A consent agreement does not constitute an admission that the company had violated a law but provides for a settlement. Any violation of the agreement by the corporation could result in the assessment of substantial civil penalties.

Under the consent agreement, the manufacturer is required to notify its customers that samples of the carpets and rugs involved in the order did not pass flammability tests and to recall it for correction or destruction.

Under the terms of the order, the company also agrees to stop marketing goods that do not comply with the flammability standards.

The complaint and consent agreement will be subject to public review for 60 days through June 21, 1976, during which time any interested person may submit comments to the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, D.C. 20207.

After considering any comments, the Commission may accept the agreement or withdraw its provisional acceptance.

For additional information about the order, contact the Bureau of Compliance, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 5401 Westbard Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland 20207.