Byline: S. Gray Maycumber

NEW YORK — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Coville Inc., a Winston Salem, N.C. knitter, announced the recall of “dangerously flammable” fleece garments made of a polyester and cotton fleece fabric produced by Coville.
According to the CPSC, an estimated 160,000 men’s, women’s and children’s garments, are involved. Neither CPSC nor Coville has received any reports of injuries involving garments of the fabric. However there have been four reported incidents where garments made from the fabric “flashed” or surfaced-burned very quickly.
The fabric has a fleecy texture like that of an inside-out sweatshirt. The CPSC said it failed to meet mandatory standards of fabric flammability. The fabric was used to manufacture apparel under 45 different brand names. CPSC and Coville are working with manufacturers and retailers to recall garments made from the fabric and sold after May 1.
According to Ann Brown, CPSC chairman, “Coville’s cooperative effort with CPSC is another fine example of industry working voluntarily with government.”
Retailers who sold garments made from the fabric include Macy’s, Express division of The Limited, Capezio, Kohl’s, Marianne, Jean Nicole and Stuart’s. Retailers are posting signs in their stores urging customers to return the garments.
Coville’s president, Henry Jordan said that the fabric had been sold for a number of years without incident, but recently he had changed one yarn in the fleece, and this apparently caused the problem.