|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|November 28, 1988|
|Release # 88-105|
WASHINGTON, D.C. - VaporSimac irons, which have been associated with at least seven incidents of fire including one burn injury, are being recalled in a voluntary agreement between Simac S.P.A. and the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Approximately 10,000 steam irons have been sold nationwide between 1985 and 1987 through major department stores and sewing specialty stores. The VaporSimac iron, advertised as having "features of a professional model applied to a household unit," has a separate transparent plastic cold water reservoir and a three-prong plug. The product designed to operate vertically as well as horizontally, retailed for about $100.
Owners should immediately stop using their iron and return it to Electra Craft, 250 Halsey Street, Newark, New Jersey 07102 for a full refund. Postage costs will be reimbursed by the firm. For further information owners may call 1-800-223-1898.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
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