Choking Hazard Prompts Recall of Boys’ Santa Suits

About 9,600 <"">First Impressions Boy’s Three-Piece Santa Sets, which were manufactured in China and imported by Macy’s Merchandising Group, Inc, of New York, New York, have been recalled, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.

Imports from China have been making headlines in recent years; this recall is just one more of many other such issues on which we have been writing regarding this problem. In 2008, nearly 80 percent of all product recalls in the United States involved imports from China and involved products such as dog food, baby formula, toys with lead paint, and even pharmaceuticals like heparin that were found to be made with toxic materials and other counterfeit ingredients that have long been putting United States consumers at significant risk. Now, the ongoing Chinese drywall disaster involving imports from that country has been making headlines.

Loose buttons on the suit’s jacket may easily detach, posing a choking hazard to young children. To date, no incidents or injuries have been reported.

This recall includes First Impressions boy’s three-piece Santa Sets in sizes 0-24 months, including a jacket, pants, and hat. For all products, the tracking label information sewn into the side seam of the top and bottom includes: Style 9131, Supplier 22155, Mfg 34837, Aug. 2009, Macy’s Inc.

UPCs for units sold at Macy’s and on 0689439416622, 0689439417131, 0689439417148, 0689439417155, 0689439417162, and 0689439417179.
UPCs for units sold at the Navy Exchange stores: 0706254537346, 0706254537353, 0706254537360, 0706254537377, 0706254537384, and 0706254537391.

The recalled First Impressions Boy’s Three-Piece Santa Sets were sold at Macy’s and, including locations in Puerto Rico, from September to December 2009, and were also sold at U.S. Navy Exchange stores from November through December 2009 for about $20 to $40.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately remove the buttons from the jacket to eliminate the hazard or return the garment to any Macy’s or U.S. Navy Exchange store for a full refund. Macy’s can be reached toll-free at 1-888-257-5949 between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Monday through Friday or at Macy’s Web site at

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