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.