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PENNEY RECALLS SWEATERS DUE TO FIRE RISK

J.C. Penney Co. is recalling 26,240 chenille sweaters that can burn as fast as a newspaper if they catch fire.

The velvety-textured sweaters failed a federal flammability regulation, prompting the voluntary recall, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday. No injuries have been reported.

The sweaters, made of 67 percent rayon and 33 percent nylon, were sold in J.C. Penney stores as lot numbers 642-1410 and 642-1411, which are printed on the store price tags and on customer receipts.

The sweaters also were sold in the 1996 Christmas catalog as lot number 542-0971. Check page 89, item "D" or refer to the shipping information.

J.C. Penney imported the sweaters from Matsue Industries Co. Ltd. of Hong Kong and sold them under the brand name MB Mixed Blues Clothing Co. in September and October for $29 to $36.

The sewn-in labels have the RN number 93677 on the front and the supplier number 701524 on the back.

Consumers should return sweaters to a J.C. Penney store or catalog desk for a full refund, the commission said. Catalog purchases can also be returned by mail.

For more information, consumers may call 1-800-709-5777.

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