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Dangerous Drawstrings Prompt Recall of Boys' Sweatshirts, Warm Up Sets

Jul 30, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP

Boys hooded sweatshirts  and warm up sets distributed by KOMAN Sportswear, of Carlstadt, N.J. and sold at Burlington Coat Factory stores nationwide are being recalled.  According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC),  the sweatshirts and jackets  to the warm up sets have drawstrings through the hoods, posing a strangulation hazard to children.

This recall involves 13,399 boy’s hooded sweatshirt Style No. 3650-B in colors black, brown, charcoal, heather grey and navy; and faux suede warm up sets Style No. B9560ST in colors black, brown and khaki. Both the sweatshirts and warm up sets have the style numbers and the name KOMAN printed on the hangtag on the center back neck, with sizes S, M, L, or XL .

The hooded sweatshirts and jackets were sold at Burlington Coat Factory stores from September 2008 through June 2009. The sweatshirts sold for about $13 and warm up sets for $20.

According to the CPSC, consumers should immediately remove the drawstrings from the sweatshirts and jackets to eliminate the hazard, or return the garment to any Burlington Coat Factory store for a refund or credit.

For additional information contact Burlington Coat Factory toll-free at (888) 223-2628 between 8:30 a.m. and 6p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web site at www.burlingtoncoatfactory.com.

In February 1996, the CPSC issued guidelines to help prevent children from strangling or becoming entangled on the neck and waist by drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets and sweatshirts. In May 2006, the CPSC’s Office of Compliance issued an announcement that such outerwear with drawstrings at the hood or neck would be regarded as both defective and a substantial risk of injury to young children.

Unfortunately, the CPSC guidelines are routinely ignored by the clothing industry, and that attitude has had deadly consequences for some children. From January 1985 through January 1999, the CPSC received reports of 22 deaths and 48 non-fatal entanglement incidents involving drawstrings on children’s clothing.


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