Clothing Recalled for Strangulation, Fire, and Choking Hazards

Three separate clothing recalls have been implemented, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), just announced. The CPSC notes that consumers should stop using the <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">recalled products immediately and notes that it is illegal to resell or to attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Hot Kids Children’s Hooded Sweatshirts and Jackets With Drawstrings
About 18,000 Hot Kids Children’s Hooded Sweatshirts and Jackets, which were manufactured in China and Taiwan and distributed by Mejoong Corp. (doing business as [DBA] Hot Kids), have been recalled due to strangulation hazard. To date, no incidents or injuries have been reported in connection to this particular recall.

The children’s hooded sweatshirts have a drawstring through the hood and/or waist that 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.

This recall involves children’s sweatshirts and jackets sold in sizes 2 through 12. The items are made of various materials and were sold in 13 colors and various prints. The brand names MJC, Hot Kids or MJ Collection are printed on the sewn-in label at the neck. Complete details on the recalled items can be accessed at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11091.html. The recalled Hot Kids Children’s Hooded Sweatshirts and Jackets were sold at The Hot Kids Store in Los Angeles and from nationwide wholesalers from June 2002 through January 2010 for between $6 and $15.

The CPSC advises consumers to immediately remove the drawstrings from the sweatshirts and jackets to eliminate the hazard or return the clothing to Hot Kids for a full refund. Hot Kids can be reached, toll-free, at 1.888.946.8546 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Pacific Time, Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s website at http://www.mejoong.com.

Foria International Men’s Sherpa Shirts
About 20,800 Men’s Fleece Sherpa Shirts, which were manufactured in India and imported by Foria International Inc., of City of Industry, California, have been recalled because the shirts fail to meet the federal flammability standard for wearing apparel and pose a risk of burn injury. To date, the firm has received two reports from consumers stating that the shirts quickly caught on fire. No injuries were reported. The recalled Men’s Sherpa Shirts were sold at Norm Thompson catalogs and website and at Norm Thompson Stores in Lake Oswego, Lincoln City, Troutdale, Portland, and Portland Airport, all in Oregon; and in North Conway, New Hampshire, and Kearneysville, West Virginia, from September 2003 through November 2009 for about $45.00. The recalled men’s pullover Sherpa shirts have a four-snap placket and long sleeves with rib-knit cuffs. The shirts are made from an 80 percent cotton and 20 percent polyester blend brushed Sherpa fleece in olive and burgundy. A “Norm Thompson” woven label is located at the center back neckline of the garments.

The CPSC is advising consumers to stop using the recalled shirts immediately and contact Foria International for information on returning the shirts for a full refund. Foria International can be reached, toll-free, at 1.888.999.6568 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Pacific Time, Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s website at www.foria.com.

Hoodie Footieâ„¢ Infant and Toddler Footed Pajamas
About 800 Hoodie Footieâ„¢ Infant and Toddler Footed Pajamas, which were manufactured in China and imported by The Vermont Teddy Bear Co. Inc. (DBA Pajamagram, of Shelburne, Vermont), have been recalled due to choking hazard. The metal snaps that attach the hood to pajamas can come off, posing a choking hazard to young children. To date, no incidents or injuries have been reported.

The Hoodie-Footieâ„¢ infant and toddler footed pajamas have a front zipper and a detachable hood. The style “Winter Whimsy” is red fleece with multi-colored penguins, snowmen, and snowflake designs. They were sold in infant sizes 0 to 18 months and toddler sizes 2T to 5T. “Hoodie Footie,” the size, and the code GPU#SUNHFH1 or GPU#SUNHFH2 are printed on a label at the neck of the pajamas. The recalled Hoodie Footieâ„¢ Infant and Toddler Footed Pajamas were sold via Pajamagram catalogs and on the firm’s website www.pajamagram.com from November 2010 through December 2010 for about $30.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately take the recalled pajamas away from children and contact Pajamagram to receive free replacement pajamas plus a $25 gift card. The Vermont Teddy Bear Company/Pajamagram can be reached, toll-free, at 1.800.262.1162 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s website at www.pajamagram.com.

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