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CPSC, J.C. Penney Announce Recall of Boys Jackets

JC Penney Recalls Boys Jackets...

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 1999 -- J.C. Penney is recalling about 20,000 USA Olympic brand boys jackets. There are 7-inch drawstrings at the bottom of the jackets. Children could be dragged if the drawstrings catch in a vehicle's door, and suffer injury or death.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 

 Since 1991, CPSC knows of 6 deaths and 8 injuries to children from coat drawstrings catching in bus or car doors. 

In 1996 CPSC issued guidelines for drawstrings on children's outerwear, which were subsequently incorporated into a voluntary standard. The standard limits bottom drawstrings on children's upper outerwear to 3 inches. 

J.C. Penney has been adhering to the voluntary standard and has implemented procedures to prevent future errors.  The company said it is not aware of any injuries or incidents involving the jackets being recalled.

The recalled USA Olympic brand jackets are reversible. One side has navy nylon fabric with grey and white stripes on the sleeves, two pockets, and the USA Olympic logo on the chest. The other side has grey polar fleece fabric, two pockets, and the USA Olympic logo on the back. The jackets are made in the United States in boys sizes 2T through 5T and 4 through 7.

J.C. Penney stores nationwide sold the jackets from June 1999 to November 1999 for about $30.

Consumers should stop using the jackets immediately. Either remove the drawstrings or return the jacket to the nearest J.C. Penney store for a full refund. For more information, contact J.C. Penney anytime toll- free at (888) 333-6063 or at www.jcpenney.com.

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Great Divide Mountain Bikes

Dynacraft Industries Inc. voluntarily recalled Magna "Great Divide," 21- speed mountain bikes, sold in the 24-inch size for girls and boys, and the 26-inch...

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 1999 -- Dynacraft Industries Inc. of San Rafael, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 3,000 Magna "Great Divide," 21- speed mountain bikes, sold in the 24-inch size for girls and boys, and the 26-inch size for women and men. 

The bikes could have defective handle bar stems which will not tighten sufficiently to lock onto the bicycles. This can cause the front wheel not to turn properly, resulting in serious injuries to the rider from falls.  Dynacraft is not aware of any injuries or incidents involving these bicycles. 

The bikes have a model number on the left side of the seat post. The girls' bikes have model number 8504-50 and are purple. The boys' bikes have model number 8504-51 and are blue. The women's bikes have model number 8547-84 and also are purple. The mens' bikes have model number 8547-85 and are black. The words "Great Divide" are located on the cross-tubes of these bicycles and the word "KALLOY" is located on the handlebar stems. 

Fred Meyer Stores in Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington sold these bikes from December 1998 through August 18, 1999 for about $160.

Consumers should stop riding these bikes immediately and take them to the Fred Meyer Store where purchased for a free inspection and repair, if needed. Consumers also can call Dynacraft Industries Inc. at (800) 551-0032 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. PDT Monday through Friday to receive a free replacement handlebar stem.

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