|March 22, 2005
The following product safety recall was conducted by the firms in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Product: Hellenic Rug Imports' "Mazarakis Flokati 3A" and "Mazarakis Floco" white flokati rugs.
Units: About 1,600 rugs
Manufacturer/Importer: Hellenic Rug Imports, of Brooklyn, N.Y.
Hazard: Certain rugs distributed from January 2003 through February 2004 fail to meet the federal mandatory standard for flammability under the Flammable Fabrics Act. If the rugs ignite, they may not self-extinguish, presenting a risk of burn injuries.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The recalled "Mazarakis" rugs are white only. Two models/sizes are recalled:
- "Mazarakis Flokati 3A" measuring 5 feet by 7 feet, pile and backing 100 percent New Zealand wool and
- "Mazarakis Floco" measuring 5 feet, 6 inches by 8 feet, 6 inches, 100 percent New Zealand wool pile and 100 percent Polypropylene backing.
Manufactured in: Greece
Sold at: Web and catalog retailers nationwide from January 2003 through February 2004 for between $179 and $299.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the product and contact Hellenic Rug Importers to arrange for a free replacement.
Consumer Contact: Call Hellenic Rug Imports at (888) 356-5284, Ext. 115 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Consumers can also visit the firm's Web site at www.flokati.com.
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.
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