Stores Fined For Selling Recalled Children's Products

CPSC Announced Settlement On Friday

Stores Fined For Selling Recalled Children's ProductsRetailer Bon-Ton Stores Inc. agreed last week to pay a $450,000 penalty for failing to report that it sold some children's outerwear products that contained drawstrings through the hoods. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the settlement on Friday, saying that Bon-Ton sold the recalled and defective items, and then knowingly failed to report the information, which is now against federal law. In the settlement, Bon-Ton, which is based in York, PA, denied the allegation that it knowingly violated the law.

In its release about the settlement, the CPSC said that Bon-Ton was continuing to sell items that had previously been recalled due to potential strangulation hazards. "Children's upper outerwear with drawstrings, including jackets and sweatshirts, pose a strangulation hazard to children," the CPSC said in a statement. "CPSC and three U.S. importers announced recalls of children's jackets and sweatshirts with drawstrings through the hood on February 18, March 10 and May 27, 2010. Bon-Ton was a retailer of about 800 total jackets and sweatshirts in all three recalls."

The CPSC has been especially diligent recently in its efforts to ensure that children's outerwear is sold without any drawstrings through hoods or around the neck. The agency began warning about drawstring dangers in the 1990s, and then in 2006 it announced that any children's outerwear item with drawstrings at the neck would be regarded as defective and presenting a substantial risk of injury. "Federal law requires manufacturers, distributors, and retailers to report to CPSC immediately (within 24 hours) after obtaining information reasonably supporting the conclusion that a product contains a defect that could create a substantial product hazard," the CPSC said in its latest statement on the matter.