In two separate recalls last week, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) extended its year-long intense focus on children’s apparel. The CPSC, in conjunction with the manufacturers, recalled girls’ hooded jacket sets that were sold at retailer Burlington Coat Factory and girls’ hooded sweatsuits sold by Academy Sports + Outdoors. The products were recalled because of strangulation hazards caused by drawstrings through the hood areas.
The recalled jackets were manufactured in China, imported by David’s Place Off Price Clothing Co., and sold in Burlington Coat Factory stores in August 2013. Academy Sports + Outdoors also imported its recalled windsuits from China and sold them in its stores between September and October 2013. The CPSC said that consumers should immediately remove the drawstrings from the products or return them to the stores for a full refund.
In its statement announcing the recalls, 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.”