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Carter's Issues Advisory On Baby Clothes

Oct 27, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Carter’s, Inc., of Atlanta, Georgia, are advising parents and caregivers that they have received reports that some babies and infants have developed rashes on their upper backs after wearing Carter’s clothing that bears heat-transferred, or “tag-less,” labels.  This advisory applies to Carter’s Fall 2007 product line.

According to the CPSC, the Fall 2007 line uses a label on the inside back of the garment that has a raised surface with a solid, as opposed to a stenciled, background. The current advisory does not apply to previous and current product lines, which utilize labels with stenciled backgrounds.  The garments were manufactured and were sold at Carter’s own retail stores and at department and chain stores nationwide.

If your child develops a rash on the upper back after wearing garments that have a “tag-less” label with a solid background, you should stop using these garments and contact your pediatrician if the rash persists or worsens.  For additional information, visit Carter’s website at, or contact Carter’s toll free at 1-888-282-4674 or by email at

Carters has issued several recalls of its clothes over the past several years.   Carter’s announced a recall of 31,000 of its brand name children’s overalls in 2005 because the plastic center of the decorative snaps on those garments could detach, posing a choking hazard.  At the time, Carter's received 14 reports of snap centers detaching.  Those products were manufactured in China and Thailand.

A few years earlier, Carter’s recalled approximately 600,000 infant jumpsuits for repair because a ribbon that ran through the zipper pull-tab could detach, resulting in a potential choking hazard.  In that case, Carter's received four reports of children detaching the ribbons, putting them in their mouths, and starting to gag or choke.

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