More Kid’s Sweatshirts Recalled For Strangulation Risk

Chocolate Soup has issued a recall of about 70 <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Children’s Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.

The recalled Children’s Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings were manufactured in the United States and recalled by Chocolate Soup of Raytown, Missouri. To date, no incidents have been reported.

The garments 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.

This recall involves “Happy Kids” brand hooded sweatshirts sold as part of a set. The sweatshirt and pants sets were sold in pink, red, yellow, and green in sizes 2T through 6X. “Happy Kids” is printed on the neck tag inside the sweatshirts. The recalled Children’s Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings were sold at Chocolate Soup stores in Georgia, Texas, Tennessee, Missouri, and North Carolina from June 2009 to February 2010 for about $45.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately remove the drawstrings from the sweatshirts to eliminate the hazard. Consumers can also return the product to the store where purchased for a full refund. Chocolate Soup can be reached collect at (314) 576-1221 between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

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