Girls Ski Jackets Recalled For Entrapment Hazard

Sport Obermeyer Ltd. is voluntarily recalling about 3,900 <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Posey, Lily, Rose and Daisy Girls’ Ski Jackets imported by Sport Obermeyer, Ltd., of Aspen, Colorado, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. Consumers should stop using the recalled products immediately.

The jackets have a drawstring through the waist which can pose an entrapment 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.

The recalled Posey, Lily, Rose and Daisy Girls’ Ski Jackets were manufactured in Vietnam and have drawstrings at the waist. The jackets were sold in sizes 1 to 8 and the names and corresponding style numbers are: Lily #91549, Rose # 91552, Daisy #91555, Posey #91558. The style number is printed on the tag inside the neck of the jackets and the jackets were sold at various boutique and ski/sport retailers from July 2009 through February 2010 from $90 to $140.

To date, no incidents or injuries have been reported.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately remove the drawstrings from the jackets to eliminate the hazard or return the jacket to Sport Obermeyer, Ltd. for a full refund. Sport Obermeyer Ltd. can be reached, toll-free, at 1-800-778-5465 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time, Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s Web site at http://www.obermeyer.com.

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