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Kid's Hooded Jackets Sold at Meijers Stores Recalled

Jul 17, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP Children's hooded jackets made by EMH Associates Inc., of New York, N.Y. have been recalled because of  an entrapment hazard.   The recall involves about 4,400 garments.

According to Consumer Products  Safety Commission  (CPSC), the jackets have a drawstring around the waist which can pose an entrapment hazard to children.  Consumers should immediately remove the drawstrings from the sweatshirts to eliminate the hazard, or return the garment to either the place of purchase or to EMH Associates Inc. for a full refund.

The recalled children’s jackets were sold in sizes 7/8 through 16 and have RN number 115036 and style numbers WD36687 or WD36689, which is located on the care label of all garments. The jackets come in turquoise and brown plaid, pink, and orange and brown plaid. They were sold at Meijers Stores nationwide in July 2008 for about $15.

For additional information contact EMH Associates collect at (212) 575-4311 between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web site at 

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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