CPSC Recalls Children’s Sweatshirts

Drawstrings Cause For Concern

RecallContinuing a long line of children’s outerwear recalls in 2013, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced last week that it is recalling Browning’s youth buckmark hooded sweatshirts. The items, which were recalled because they have drawstrings around the neck area that pose a strangulation hazard to young children, were sold online and in Academy Sports + Outdoors stores between August 2012 and October 2013. While no injuries were reported, the CPSC and the manufacturer reported that about 4,300 of the items had been sold.

The sweatshirts in question were manufactured in Bangladesh and were imported to the U.S. by Browning Inc., based in Morgan, UT. The CPSC said that consumers should remove the drawstrings from the garments to eliminate the hazard or return them to Browning for a full refund.

In its statement announcing the recall, the CPSC again warned manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors of apparel 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.”