Boys hooded jackets and children’s letterman jackets have been recalled, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.
SX and QH Boys’ Zip-Front Hooded Jackets
In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines, which were incorporated into an industry voluntary standard in 1997, to help prevent children from strangling or becoming entangled on drawstrings in outerwear garments, such as jackets or sweatshirts. In 2006, CPSC’s Office of Compliance announced that children’s upper outerwear with drawstrings at the hood or neck would be regarded as defective and presented a substantial risk of injury to young children. Since the industry standard was introduced, fatal incidents involving garments with drawstrings through the neck or hood have decreased by 75%, and fatalities associated with drawstrings through the waist or bottom have dropped 100%. Sadly, despite the implementation of the standard, the guidelines are too often ignored by manufacturers and, from 2006 through 2010, the agency participated in 115 recalls for noncomplying products with drawstrings.
About 720 SX and QH Boys’ Zip-Front Hooded Jackets, which were manufactured in China and imported by Bonded Apparel Inc., of Los Angeles, California, are involved in this recall. The recalled SX and QH Boys’ Zip-Front Hooded Jackets were sold exclusively at dd’s Discounts stores, nationwide, from August 2011 through December 2011 for about $8. No incidents or injuries have been reported in connection with this recall, to date.
The recalled SX and QH Boys’ Zip-Front Hooded Jackets were sold in Army green, aqua green, and black; have a fake fur lining; and have one of four designs: The number “2” or the letter “B” embroidered on the left front chest, or the word “ROCK” or the words “AB Sportwear” embroidered across the chest. The jackets were sold in sizes 4 through 7 or S, M, and L. Either “SX” or “QH” appears on the label stitched at the neck and the jackets have model numbers 1006, 1029, 1058, or 1061; however, only the model number appears on the original hang tag. The model number does not appear on the product.
The firm advises consumers to immediately take the recalled SX and QH Boys’ Zip-Front Hooded Jackets from their child and to remove the drawstring or contact Bonded Apparel for instructions on returning the product for a full refund. Bonded Apparel can be reached, toll-free, at 1.888.974.1555 between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Pacific Time (PT), Monday through Friday.
Class Club Children’s Letterman Jackets
About 320 Class Club Children’s Letterman Jackets, which were manufactured in Vietnam and imported by Supreme Trading Limited, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, have been recalled because the snaps on the jacket can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children. To date, no incidents or injuries have been reported.
The Class Club Children’s Letterman Jackets are 100% polyester and sold in navy with white sleeves and in sizes 2 to 3. A patch on the upper, right chest of the jacket reads “28 F Football Athlete State Champs.” Style number “F14CL112L” is printed on the back of the sewn-in size label in the back neck and the jackets were sold exclusively at Dillard’s stores nationwide and online at www.dillards.com between September 2011 and November 2011 for about $25.
The firm advises consumers to immediately take the jackets from children and return them to Dillard’s for a full refund. For more information, Supreme Trading limited is available, toll-free, at 1.866.466.3523 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time (ET), Monday through Friday, or at Dillard’s website at www.dillards.com.