Coaco Faux Shearling Coat

Description of Garment:

 Tan Faux Shearling Jacket

Manufacturer: Coaco

RN#: 10994

Care Label Instructions: "Dryclean"

Problem: To create an imitation shearling fabric, the manufacturer bonded a sueded polyester face fabric to a modacrylic backing. The adhesive binder contained in the bonded fabric partially dissolved when drycleaned in hydrocarbon solvent, causing the fabric to distort (pucker and blister).

Responsibility: The manufacturer. The adhesive binder became soluble in standard drycleaning solvent and was affected by the temperatures generated during the reclamation cycle.

Recommendation: If this jacket proves to be unserviceable when processed in accordance with the care label instructions, it should be returned to the place of purchase for a refund or exchange.

Drycleaner: Explain to the customer that there may be a serviceability issue concerning this jacket. Because of this, a signed release of liability should be obtained prior to its acceptance for processing. Although we have no data as to the serviceability of this garment in alternative solvents, we are of the opinion that this fabric may fail in any solvent type due to the solubility and heat-sensitive nature of the adhesive binder.

The NCA's Garment Analysis Laboratory examines thousands of garments every year for serviceability and FTC care labeling accuracy. The featured garment is a recurring item received for evaluation. We have included the name or trade name of the fabric, the manufacturer, the RN number, if available, and a brief description of the problem. 

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