Girls’ Hooded Zip Jackets & Vest Sets Recalled for Strangulation Hazard

Splendid has recalled about 900 <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Girls’ Hooded Zip Jackets and Vest Sets for strangulation hazard, said the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The CPSC is advising consumers to stop using the recalled Girls’ Hooded Zip Jackets and Vest Sets unless otherwise instructed and notes that it is illegal to resell or to attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. Splendid, of Los Angeles, California, is a division of VF Contemporary Brands, Inc.

The hooded zip jackets and the vest sets have drawstrings through the hoods, 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 to these recalled sweatshirts and vest sets.

This recall involves girl’s hooded zip jackets with style # SJ6J7831 and long sleeve t-shirt with hooded vest sets with style # SJYK7935. The zip jackets were sold in camouflage, jasmine, parfait, and royal. The vest sets were sold in black, caviar, denim, electric pink, macadamia, peacock, quartz, and sapphire. The style number can be found on the care label located at the inside left side seam. “Splendid” can be found on the neck label.

The recalled Splendid Girls’ Hooded Zip Jackets and Vest Sets, which were manufactured in the United States, were sold at major department stores and children’s boutiques nationwide from August 2010 through November 2010 for between $80 and $90.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately remove the drawstrings from the hoods of the zip jackets and vest sets to eliminate the hazard or contact Splendid for instructions on how to return the items for a full refund. Splendid an be reached, toll-free, at 1.855.640.2803, anytime, or at the firm’s website at www.splendid.com/safetynews.html.

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