FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

March 5, 1975

 

Release # 75-020


Washington, D.C. (March 5) -- the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today informed the public that some imported flokati rugs apparently sold only in the Washington, D.C., area during early 1973 failed to meet mandatory flammability requirements.

The rugs, which were imported by A. Leon Capel & Sons, Inc., Troy, North Carolina, were sold under the style name "Eros S.C." The rugs were all wool and came in a variety of colors, color combinations, and sizes.

The Commission has provisionally accepted a consent agreement signed by Capel & Sons, Inc., and Arron W.E. Capel, an officer if the company.

As part of the consent agreement, the company has agreed to conduct a recall of the non-complying carpet. the company also agreed not to report the product but to bring it into conformity or destroy it.

The flokati rugs involved were sold by the Hecht Co., Washington, D.C.

Consumers who bought these rugs should return them to the store where they were purchased or to the importer.

A consent agreement is a legal document in which the company involved usually agrees to stop manufacturing or selling non-complying goods, notify known purchasers and initiate a recall. The action on the admit guilt in agreeing to the terms.

The company also agrees not to violate flammability standards in the future.

A violation of this consent agreement could result in a civil penalty of up to $5.000 per violation.

The complaint and consent order will remain on the public record through May 5, 1975, during which time any interested person may submit comments to the Office of the Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission, 1750 K Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20207.

After considering any comments, the Commission may finally accept the agreement or withdraw its provisional acceptance.

For additional information about this consent order, contact the Bureau of Compliance, Consumer Product Safety Commission,5401 Westbard Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland 20207.