|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 31, 2006
|Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 547-0359
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Family Dollar Recalls "Creepy Cape" Costumes Due to Flammability Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: "Creepy Cape" Halloween Costumes
Units: About 120,000
Importer: TONY Development & Manufacturing (USA), of Montclair, N.J
Retailer: Family Dollar Inc., of Matthews, N.C.
Hazard: These vinyl capes fail to meet the standard for the flammability of vinyl plastic film, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The recall involves 40-inch black vinyl capes with a stand-up collar. A white sticker on the collar of the cape reads, "FLAME RETARDANT PVC" and "MADE IN CHINA." The packaging shows a green-skinned vampire wearing a black cape. Writing on the packaging includes "CREEPY CAPE," "Ages 6 To 60," and "NO. 53600."
Sold at: Family Dollar stores nationwide from August 2005 through October 2006 for about $2.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled capes and return them to any Family Dollar store for a full refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Family Dollar toll-free at (800) 547-0359 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.familydollar.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.
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.
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury go online to www.SaferProducts.gov or call CPSC's Hotline at 800-638-2772 or teletypewriter at 301-595-7054 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain news release and recall information at www.cpsc.gov, on Twitter @USCPSC or by subscribing to CPSC's free e-mail newsletters.
Please use the below phone number for all media requests.
Phone: (301) 504-7908
Spanish: (301) 504-7800