Cape Fear

Is there a "Creepy Cape" in the Halloween closet? It might not meet fire standards.

Approximately 120,000 of them are being recalled.

The vinyl capes fail to meet the standard for the flammability of vinyl plastic film, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers, although there have been no injury reports.

The recall involves 40-inch black vinyl capes with a stand-up collar. A white sticker on the collar of the cape reads, “FLAME RETARDANT PVC” and “MADE IN CHINA.” The packaging shows a green-skinned vampire wearing a black cape. Writing on the packaging includes “CREEPY CAPE,” “Ages 6 To 60,” and “NO. 53600.”

The capes were sold at Family Dollar stores nationwide from August 2005 through October 2006 for about $2.

Consumers should stop using the recalled capes and return them to any Family Dollar store for a full refund.

For additional information, contact Family Dollar toll-free at (800) 547-0359 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.


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