FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

February 12, 1976

 

Release # 76-013


WASHINGTON, D.C. ( Feb 12, 1976) - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced today that it has provisionally accepted a consent agreement prohibiting Venture Industries, Inc., of Atlanta, Ga., from selling carpets that fail to meet the standards of the Flammable Fabrics Act.

The company produced only 245 yards of a domestic style pattern and imported and marketed 1,565 rugs of two other styles, "Grafica" and "57th Street," that failed flammability standards (DOC FF 3-70).

The domestically produced pattern involved in the order is identified as "Floridian," No. 6772, a nylon shag pile carpet with foam backing and produced in various colors.

The "Grafica" style carpet involved patterns 320 and 324, a wool shag carpet. The 320 color is a combination of plum, coral and gray and the 324 color is red, orange and plum. The "57th Street" style, also wool shag pile carpet, involved color 310, a combination of orange, red and plum, and color 314, a combination of black, tobacco and earth colors. Of the total 1,565 imported rugs of the four colors in two styles, more than 1,000 were recovered.

Consumers who may have purchased the carpet covered in the consent order may contact Venture Industries, Inc., 1401 West Paces Ferry Road, N.W., Atlanta, Ga., 30339.

The carpet was tested in September 1971. At the time, the manufacturing and importing company was known as Concept Industries, Inc.

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

Under the consent order, the company agrees to stop marketing goods that do not comply with the flammability standard and to notify purchasers of substandard goods in order to recall the defective items for correction or destruction.

The complaint and consent order will be subject to public review for 60 days through April 12, 1976, during which time any interested party may submit comments to the Office of the Secretary, 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, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, D.C. 20207.