Children’s Hooded Sweatshirts Sold at Burlington Coat Factory Recall

Haselson International Trading just issued a recall of 23,000 of its <"">Children’s Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.

Haselson International Trading Inc., of New York, New York, distributed the recalled Children’s Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings, which were manufactured in Indonesia, Egypt, China, Pakistan and Korea. No injuries or incidents have been reported, to date, regarding these recalled products.

The sweatshirts have a drawstring through the hood which can pose a strangulation hazard to children. Fourteen years ago, the CPSC issued guidelines to help prevent children from strangling or becoming entangled on the neck and waist by drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets and sweatshirts. 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.

This recall involves children’s sweatshirts sold in sizes 4 through 7 and S (8) and M (10-12). The sweatshirts were sold in various colors and prints. The brand name Kani Gold or Road Block is printed inside of the garment on the neck tag; the recalled sweatshirts were sold exclusively at Burlington Coat Factory stores nationwide from July 2006 through September 2009 for between $6 and $30.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately remove the drawstrings from the sweatshirts to eliminate the hazard. Consumers can also return the sweatshirts to Burlington Coat Factory or the Haselson for a full refund. For additional information, Haselson can be reached toll-free at (800) 217-4478 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Thursday, or at the Burlington Web site at

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