Washington, DC 20207

March 24, 1997

Melcon Design LLC Announces Recall of Flammable Sweaters

Melcon Design LLC of New York, N.Y., is recalling over 1,900 long-haired chenille sweaters for women sold under the brand name "RELAIS." 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 long-haired chenille sweaters are labeled "RELAIS" at the neck and "100% RAYON...DRY CLEAN ONLY...MADE IN U.S.A." at the lower part of a side seam. The sweaters come in four styles: crop crew, fitted cardigan (with collar), fitted polo (with collar and short front opening), and turtleneck tunic. The sweaters come in a variety of sizes and also a variety of colors, including black, brown, gray, blue, green, pink, and off-white. The sweaters were sold from November 1996 through January 1997 for about $80 to $150. Nordstrom sold the sweaters in their West Coast, Texas, Chicago, and Washington metropolitan area stores, and nationwide about 100 small retailers sold the sweaters.

Consumers should immediately stop wearing these sweaters and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund or credit. For additional information about this recall, consumers should call Melcon Design LLC at 212-349-9059.