Continuing a long line of children’s outerwear recalls this year, the CPSC announced last week that it has recalled sweatshirts branded by retailer Little Willy’s. The items were designed for children between the ages of two and 10, and they were sold online at www.zullily.com and www.gilt.com from January 2012 to May 2012.
The CPSC said the products were recalled because they contain drawstrings through the neck area, which are deemed to be strangulation hazards for children under 12. While no injuries were reported prior to the sweatshirts being recalled, the CPSC and Little Willy’s jointly said that consumers should immediately stop wearing the products and remove the drawstrings or return them to Little Willy’s to have the drawstrings removed. The items were manufactured in Peru and imported to the U.S. by Little Willy’s of New York, NY.
In its statement announcing the recall, the CPSC again warned apparel manufacturers and sellers about the dangers of children’s clothing with drawstrings near the neck or waist areas. “In July 2011, CPSC issued a federal regulation regarding drawstrings in children’s upper outerwear,” the federal consumer product watchdog said. “CPSC's actions demonstrate a commitment to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on neck and waist drawstrings in upper outerwear, such as jackets and sweatshirts.”