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On Aug. 12, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) stopped the sale and announced the recall of a popular style of rayon-cotton blend skirts that is dangerously flammable. The skirts do not meet regulations of the Flammable Fabrics Act.

CPSC urged women to stop wearing the skirts and take them back to the stores where they were purchased. "Your retailer should know whether the skirt is a part of this recall and should then provide a refund or credit," said the CPSC.Since the recall notice, the CPSC's consumer hotline has been swamped with phone calls. Consumers are confused about the scope of the recall.

Also since the recall, the CPSC has received several reports of skirts catching on fire, resulting in burn injuries. These incidents are under investigation.

Here is a more complete description of the recalled skirts provided to us by the CPSC public affairs office in Washington, D.C. If you have questions about the recall, phone the hotline at 1-800-638-2772. A teletype for the hearing or speaking impaired is available at 1-800-638-8270.

General label information

- Made in India.

- 100 percent rayon or 65 percent rayon/35 percent cotton.

- Hand wash separately in cold water or dry clean only.


- Two-layer skirt with sheer chiffon fabric over a gauze lining.

- Long, full, summer and fall skirts with elastic waist bands that may also have a drawstring at the waist.

CPSC found the following brand names on the labels of the skirts that failed the flammability test: 2 Kool Look, Ann Simone, Carla Freeman, Casual Designs by RAVIA, Exclusif, Fbi, Founded 1976 D II K by K.V.M., Giallo Napoli, Gold Star, LeGebi, Masone II, Minti Mode, Papillon, Phool, Renuka, Short Circuit, Steed Import Inc., Vile Parle, Xessorium, Zero Zero.

Other brand names may also be involved.

The following RN numbers may be found on labels where there is no other brand information:

RN 81177

RN 74867

RN 50971

RN 57716

Major retailers including Burlington Coat Factory, Ross and T.J. Maxx are cooperating with the CPSC and agreed to participate in this recall.

This recall does not include broomstick skirts, dresses, pants, scarves, single-layer garments or garments made from 100 percent cotton.