Hooded Jackets, Sweatshirts Recalled for Strangulation Hazard

Two firms are recalling <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">children’s clothing today because of drawstrings that pose a strangulation hazard. Fortunately, no accidents or injuries have been reported in connection with these recalled products.

In February 1996, the Consumer Products Safety Commission (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.

Prairie Mountain Youth Hooded Wind/Rain Jackets

Prairie Mountain Inc., of Lockwood, Missouri is recalling more than 6,000 Youth Rip Stop hooded wind rain jackets. These are lightweight jackets sold in sizes 2/4, 6/8, 10/12 and 14/16 in red, Royal (blue), and Leaf (green). They were sold in vacation gift shops nationwide from February 2010 through July 2010 for about $20

Consumers should immediately remove the drawstring from the jacket hood to eliminate the hazard, or contact Prairie Mountain for instructions on how to receive a full refund. For additional information, contact Prairie Mountain at (800) 370-4941 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.prairiemountain.net or e-mail the firm at mikegaler@prairiemountain.net.

Alpha Industres Children’s Hooded Sweatshirts

Alpha Industries, of Chantilly, Va. is recalling about 900 children’s hooded, zippered sweatshirts with drawstrings through the hood. The cotton sweatshirts are olive green with an eagle on the front and the words “Hero by Choice” and “Alpha.” They were sold in sizes 2T, 3T, 4T, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10/12. “Alpha Industries” and “RN#35569” are printed on a label sewn into the neck of the sweatshirts. The hooded sweatshirts were sold in department stores and juvenile product stores nationwide from August 2009 through February 2010 for between $28 and $42.

Consumers should immediately remove the drawstrings from the hoods of the sweatshirts to eliminate the hazard or return them to the place of purchase or Alpha Industries for a full refund. For additional information, contact Alpha Industries toll-free at (866) 631-0719 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.alphaindustries.com

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