FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

September 3, 1991

 

Release # 91-117

 

WASHINGTON, DC--In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Pentapco, Inc., of Elizabeth, NJ, recalled the electric garment steamer, model numbers Y1211 and Y1237 marketed under the trade name "Simplicity Deluxe Garment Steamer" because reported leaks from the fill plug found on the back of the steamer have caused burns to users of the steamers.

CPSC was informed of this potentially unsafe product by Pentapco, Inc. as a result of consumer reports of the steamer's fill plug popping out, causing steam and/or hot water to spray out. The company reports eight burn injuries to the hands, arms, face and/or other parts of the body.

Approximately 5,600 Simplicity Deluxe Garment Steamers were sold in fabric stores nationwide since August 1989.

The firm is out of business, and a remedy is no longer available. Please discard or destroy the product.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is announcing this recall as part of its mission to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. The Commission's objective is to help reduce the estimated 28.5 million injuries and 21,600 deaths that are associated each year with the 15,000 different types of consumer products under CPSC'S jurisdiction.