Burlington Coat Factory Recalls Hooded Jackets and Sweatshirts

About 10,000 <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Children’s Hooded Jackets and Sweatshirts with Drawstrings have been recalled by Burlington Coat Factory of Burlington, N.J. due to strangulation hazard, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The CPSC is advising consumers to stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed and notes that it’s illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

The hooded jackets and sweatshirts have drawstrings through the hood and/or waist which can pose a strangulation or entrapment hazard to children.

In 1997, industry adopted a voluntary standard for drawstrings that incorporated these guidelines. In May 2006, the CPSC’s Office of Compliance issued an announcement that such outerwear with drawstrings at the hood or neck would be regarded as both defective and a substantial risk of injury to young children.

Unfortunately, the CPSC guidelines are routinely ignored by the clothing industry, and that attitude has had deadly consequences for some children. From January 1985 through January 1999, the CPSC received reports of 22 deaths and 48 non-fatal entanglement incidents involving drawstrings on children’s clothing.

To date, no incidents or injuries have been reported in relation to this particular recall.

Based on available records, the items indicated on the FDA’s website are included in this recall. Specific details can be accessed at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10347.html

The recalled Children’s Hooded Jackets and Sweatshirts with Drawstrings were manufactured China, Cambodia, Korea, and United States and were sold at Burlington Coat Factory and other retailers nationwide from January 1995 through September 2009 for between $7 and $30.

Due to the serious nature of this hazard, parents are urged to immediately remove the drawstrings from the sweatshirts to eliminate the hazard or return the garment to Burlington Coat Factory for a full refund or credit.

Burlington Coat Factory can be reached, toll-free, at (888) 223-2628 between 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday or at the firm’s website at www.burlingtoncoatfactory.com.

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