CONTACT: Jane Francis

March 24, 1997

Target Announces Recall of Flammable Sweat Shirts

Target Stores of Minneapolis, Minn., is recalling about 106,000 fleece sweatshirts for men and boys sold under the brand name "UTILITY." The fabric, which fails to meet federal mandatory standards of fabric flammability, may ignite readily and presents a serious risk of burn injuries in violation of the federal Flammable Fabrics Act. Fabrics that do not comply with the standard typically burn faster than newspaper.

The fabric is a cotton-polyester blend material with a raised fiber surface. Its fleecy texture closely mimics that of an inside-out sweatshirt. This fabric is often called sherpa. The sweatshirts come in two styles: crew neck (with the word "UTILITY" embroidered at the left chest area) and zippered polo (with collar and 5-inch zipper closure at the neck). The sweatshirts come in a variety of sizes and colors, including gray, blue, green, and taupe. The sweat shirts have two sewn-in labels, one that reads "Wear anywhere UTILITY Quality Clothing" and the other that reads "Made in China...RN 17730." Target Stores nationwide sold the sweatshirts from June 1996 through February 1997 for about $18 to $22.

Consumers should immediately stop wearing these sweat shirts and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. For additional information about this recall, consumers should call Target Stores collect at (612) 304-6000.