Gogo Sports Recalls Hooded Sweatshirts

About 2,400 <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Children’s Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings, manufactured by Gogo Sports Inc., of San Francisco, California, have been recalled, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.

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.

To date, no incidents or injuries have been reported concerning this particular recall, which involves three styles of children hooded sweatshirts with drawstrings. The zippered sweatshirts were sold in sizes XS through 3XL. The HAY style sweatshirts were sold in black, navy, light grey, charcoal grey, and pink. The HKK style sweatshirts were sold in black, navy, light blue, light grey, pink, and red. The JMK sweatshirts are reversible microfiber with polar fleece lining and a removable hood with elastic or retractable drawstrings. Style JMK was sold in black only. The sweatshirts have a sewn-in neck tag that reads “Gogo Sports” and city names printed across the front of the garment.

The recalled Children’s Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings, which were manufactured in China, were sold at clothing retail stores in California, Colorado, Hawaii, and New Mexico from January 2008 through December 2009 for between $14 and $27.

Of note, imports from China into the United States have long been making headlines for issues with defective parts and dangerous elements, including hazardous lead levels in children’s toys and products, parts that can break off and pose choking hazards to children, and problems with hooded sweatshirts with drawstrings that are considered defective and dangerous to children. Recalls have also been associated with unsafe, sometimes deadly, medications, pet food, consumer food and health items, and the ongoing drywall debacle that has been the culprit in untold numbers of cases involving homes across the United States plagued with corroding metals and offensive odors. In many cases the entire gutting of houses has been mandated to correct the problem.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately remove the drawstring from the sweatshirts to eliminate the hazard. Gogo Sports can be reached toll-free at (877) 785-1915 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s Web site at www.gogofleece.com

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