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CPSC Reviewing Information Collection on Textiles, Vinyl Film Used in Clothing

Thursday, March 27, 2014
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The Consumer Product Safety Commission has submitted for extension a collection of information from manufacturers and importers of clothing, textiles and related materials intended for use in clothing under the Standard for the Flammability of Clothing Textiles and the Standard for the Flammability of Vinyl Plastic Film. Comments on this request are due no later than April 28.

Clothing and fabrics intended for use in clothing (except children's sleepwear in sizes 0 through 14) are subject to the Standard for the Flammability of Clothing Textiles. Clothing made from vinyl plastic film and vinyl plastic film intended for use in clothing (except children's sleepwear in sizes 0 through 14) are subject to the Standard for the Flammability of Vinyl Plastic Film. These standards prescribe a test to help ensure that articles of wearing apparel, and fabrics and film intended for use in wearing apparel, are not dangerously flammable because of rapid and intense burning.

These testing procedures are mandatory for those firms that issue guaranties. However, the CPSC notes that importers are not required to issue or file a guaranty with each import entry for fabric or wearing apparel, that imported fabric and apparel entries are not required to be accompanied by a guaranty, and that only domestic firms or firms with a domestic presence may issue guaranties.

The CPSC uses the information compiled and maintained by firms that issues guaranties to help protect the public from risks of injury or death associated with clothing and fabrics and vinyl film intended for use in clothing. In addition, this information helps the CPSC pursue corrective actions if any products covered by a guaranty fail to comply with the applicable standard in a manner that creates a substantial risk of injury or death to the public.

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