FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 18, 1990
Release # 90-029
WASHINGTON, D.C.--In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the J.C. Penney Company, Inc., of Dallas, Texas, is recalling the electric Garment Steamer, JCP Lot Number 784-1008, because the locking mechanism on the fill plug can be broken during use. As a result, the fill plug can pop out causing the user to be burned by the hot water and steam.
CPSC was informed of this unsafe product by J.C. Penney when consumers reported incidents of burn injuries to the company. The company reports four incidents which involved five injuries of first and/or second degree burns about the hands, arms, face and/or other parts of the body.
The item was sold in J.C. Penney department stores since August, 1989. Approximately, 1,100 garment steamers were sold to consumers.
Consumers should return the Garment Steamer to any J.C. Penney store for a full refund of the purchase price.
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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