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Girls, Boys Hooded Sweatshirts Recalled for Strangulation Hazard

Jul 10, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP

Two firms have recalled children's hooded sweatshirts.  In both cases, the garments  have drawstrings  that pose a strangulation hazard. According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), consumers should immediately remove the drawstrings from the sweatshirts to eliminate the hazard, or return the garments to either the place of purchase or to their manufacturer for a refund.

The first recall involves around 130 Hard Tail girl’s hooded jackets and pullover sweatshirts made by Hard Tail, of Santa Monica, Calif.  They were sold at Nordstrom’s, Gingerbread Kids, Beautiful Kids, Tabeez, EZ Fashion, Village Kids, In Motion, Pitti Bimi, Red Apple and Kidding Around stores nationwide from July 2007 through September 2008 for about $60 to $85.

These recalled hooded jackets and pullover sweatshirts have style numbers and RN number 107435 included on the care label found sewn inside on the lower left seam.  

For additional information on this recall,  contact Hard Tail toll-free at (888) 942-7382 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web site at www.hardtailforever.com.

The second children's hooded sweatshirt recall involves 725 boys hooded sweatshirts made by C-Mrk Inc., of Vernon, Calif.  They were sold at Macy’s department stores in Southern California from December 2008 through April 2009 for about $35.

These boys’ hooded sweatshirts have the brand name Ocean Current and RN#67225 number in the neck label. The garments were sold in the color smoke and in sizes S-XL.

For additional information on this recall,  contact C-Mrk Inc. collect at (323) 826-6900 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. PT Tuesday through Thursday or visit the firm’s Web site at www.oceancurrent.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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