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Hoodies Recalled For Dangerous Drawstrings

Aug 28, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP Roxy Girl “Very Nice” Cotton Hoodies are being recalled today because they have waist draw strings that pose an  entrapment hazard.

The recall includes about 500 hoodies distributed by Quiksilver, Inc., of Huntington Beach, Calif.  There were sold at Nordstrom, Macy’s, Quiksilver Stores and various surf, sport, and other retailers nationwide from April 2009 through August 2009 for approximately $40.

The cotton hoodie, which zips in front and has a drawstring at the waist, came in gray with blue lining and cherry with lavender lining. They were sold in girls’ sizes SML-XL. ROXY is printed on the front of the gray hoodie and on the neck label on both colors. The style number, B487857, is printed on the inside care label near the waist.

Consumers should immediately remove the drawstrings from the hoodies to eliminate the hazard or return it to the place of purchase or to Quiksilver for a full refund. For additional information contact Quiksilver, Inc. toll-free at (877) 246-7257 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.quiksilverinc.com.

In February 1996, the Consumer Products Safety Commission (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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