Children’s Hooded Cardigans with Drawstrings Recalled

JB Inc. recalled about 16 <"">Lili Gaufrette Children’s Hooded Cardigans with Drawstrings due to strangulation hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The CPSC advises consumers to stop using this recalled product immediately and to follow the instructions below and notes that it is illegal to resell or to attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

The recalled Lili Gaufrette Children’s Hooded Cardigans with Drawstrings were manufactured in France by Jean Bourget Inc., of New York, New York.

The cardigans have a drawstring through the hood, which can pose a strangulation or entrapment hazard to children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on the neck and waist drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets and sweatshirts. 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 connection with this particular recall.

This recall involves hooded cardigans sold under the “Lili Gaufrette” brand name, model number G617093, and named the LEPARIGO cardigan. The cardigans were sold in pink, brown, and black, and in children’s sizes 4 through14. “LiLi Gaufrette MADE IN FRANCE” is printed on the tag sewn inside the garment, and “LiLi” is printed on the tag sewn onto the left, front pocket.

The recalled Lili Gaufrette Children’s Hooded Cardigans with Drawstrings were sold from September 2008 to February 2010, at Patty Cake in Nashville, Tennessee, as part of a three-piece set for about $300.00, and at Shaindy’s Children’s Wear in Monsey, New York, as a cardigan for about $60.00.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately remove the drawstrings from the cardigans to eliminate the hazard or return the product to JB Inc. for a full refund. JB Inc. can be reached at between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s website at

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