SOME 20,000 Ivanka Trump-brand scarves manufactured in China have been recalled for not passing muster in federal flammability tests, posing a “burn risk” to consumers.
The scarves – retailed as “Beach Wave” in blue, coral and yellow; and “Brushstroke Oblong” in blue, red, neutral and green – are made from 100 percent rayon, known to be a highly-flammable material.
They were sold between October 2014 and January 2016 at retailers such as Century 21, Lord & Taylor, Marshalls, TJ Maxx and Stein Mart across the U.S., and online at Amazon.com and Loehmanns.com, priced from US$12 to US$68.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall, stating that the scarves “do not meet the federal flammability standards for clothing textiles, posing a burn risk”.
“Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled scarves and return them to the place where purchased for a full refund. Consumers who purchased the scarves online will be contacted directly by online retailers with return instructions,” said the CPSC in a statement.
Gizmodo reported that for products such as the scarves, the minimum amount of time they should burn is 3.5 seconds, meaning that when tested by the CPSC, the scarves likely burnt in less than that amount of time.
However, the CPSC added that no injuries have been reported so far.
A spokesperson for the Ivanka Trump collection told Gizmodo:
“We’re disappointed to learn of the need for Global Brands Group, our license partner, to recall two styles of Ivanka Trump scarves, but we are relieved that immediate action is being taken. We’re committed to providing our audience of millennial working women with accessibly priced, quality products that suit their needs and look great. We’re seeing to it that this issue is fixed immediately.”
Ivanka Trump’s father, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, as part of his campaign for the presidency, has criticized companies that move manufacturing outside the U.S. and threatened to impose fines on Chinese imports. He has acknowledged, however, that some of his own products, such as suits and ties, were made outside the U.S. in countries such as China and Bangladesh.
Additional reporting by Associated Press