Baby Swimsuits Sold at Gap Stores Recalled for Strangulation Hazard

Gap Inc. is recalling thousands of <"">baby swimsuits that pose a strangulation hazard to wearers. The recall involves 6,500 swimsuits sold in the U.S. and about 480 in Canada.

According to the recall notice, the swimsuits have halter straps that were manufactured too short causing the plastic ring located at the neck of the swimsuit to press against the child’s throat and obstruct the airway. This poses a strangulation hazard to the child. Gap Inc. has received two consumer complaints regarding these swimsuits, but no reports of injuries.

The baby swimsuits were sold in two styles: number 706260 is blue and white and number 700452 is red and white. The style number can be found on the label located on the swimsuit. Both swimsuits were sold in infant sizes up to 24 months and are made of a synthetic knit stretch fabric of polyester and spandex. The straps are made of the same material as the body.

The swimsuits were sold at babyGap, GapKids, Gap, Gap Outlet stores nationwide and online at from February 2010 through April 2010 for between $17 and $20.

Consumers should immediately take the recalled swimsuits away from children and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Contact Gap to return by mail if purchased online.

For additional information, contact Gap toll-free at (888) 747-3704 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, and Saturday between 12 p.m. and 7 p.m., visit the firm’s website at or email Gap at

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