CPSC Recalls Hooded Jackets

Products Sold In Vans Stores

Hooded Jackets RecalledThe Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with retailer Vans, said last week that it is recalling a line of boys' hooded jackets because the product has drawstrings through the hood. In a ramped-up effort this year, the CPSC has cracked down on companies that are selling any upper outerwear children's products (sweatshirts or jackets, for example) that contain drawstrings anywhere near the neck area. The CPSC says these types of children's apparel items cause strangulation hazards, and has warned that selling or distributing these products violates current federal regulations.

The products in question in the most current recall were sold in Vans retail stores and online at www.vans.com between September 2012 and September 2013. While no injuries were reported in connection with these products, the CPSC says that about 2,400 of them were sold over the year time-period in question. It asks consumers to immediately stop using the jackets and to return them to Vans for a complete refund. The products were manufactured in India and imported by non-industry company Vans Inc. of Cypress, CA.

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."