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FindLaw Class Action and Mass Tort Center: Recalls: CPSC: Tris Ban Extended

NEWS from CPSC

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
May 3, 1977  
Release # 77-044

Tris Ban Extended

WSHINGTON, D.C. (May 3) -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) today expanded its ban on Tris-treated children's garments to include the chemical Tris, as well as fabric, yarn and fiber containing Tris, which is used or intended for use in children's wearing apparel. This action will be effective upon publication in the Federal Register which is expected to be Thursday, May 5, 1977.

Today's action was in response to a court order by Judge George L. Hart, Jr., U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

On April 8, the Commission banned the sale of any children's clothing containing the flame-retardant chemical tris (2,3 dibromopropyl) phosphate, commonly known as Tris. That ban, which also covered the sale of any uncut Tris-treated fabric intended for sale to consumers for use in children's wearing apparel, covered Tris-treated products which were sold to consumers before April 8 but had not yet been washed.

In ordering the Commission to expand its ban to include the chemical Tris as well as fabric, yarn and fiber containing Tris which is used or intended to be used in children's wearing apparel, the Judge stated that the economic burden of repurchase would be more evenly distributed through the chain of production. Under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA), which CPSC administers, banned products must be repurchased (at the purchase price plus any additional transportation costs) throughout the chain of distribution by any manufacturer or others who sold them.

The court's action was in response to a suit brought by the American Apparel Manufacturers Association, Rosslyn, Virginia.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information or report product hazards to info@cpsc.gov.



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