Posted on Friday, November 23rd
Description of Garment:
Yellow Jacket w/Resinous Coating
Care Label Instructions: Professionally Dryclean or Hand Wash in Cool Water, Drip Dry.
Problem: This jacket contains a resinous coating that is meant to impart water
repellency to the fabric. The coating partially dissolved when this jacket was drycleaned in perchloroethylene, causing the coating to peel from the fabric.
Responsibility: The manufacturer's. This garment failed when drycleaned according to the care label instructions due to the solubility of the resinous coating in standard drycleaning solvent (perchloroethylene).
Recommendation: If the above-mentioned damage occurs when this jacket is drycleaned in accordance with the care label instructions, it should be returned to it's place of purchase for a refund or exchange.
Drycleaner: Explain the potential serviceability issues to the customer. Since this garment may prove to be unserviceable when processed by the care label instructions, a signed release of liability should be obtained prior to acceptance. We have no data as to the serviceability of this jacket in alternate solvents or when wetcleaned.
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 and, in testing, has failed to meet minimum industry standards. 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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