Snowsuits, Jackets Recalled Over Drawstrings

Deux par Deux Minimome in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, is recalling about 4,500 <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Children’s Snowsuits and Coats with Drawstrings due to strangulation hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. To date, no incidents or injuries have been reported.

The snowsuits and coats have drawstrings through the hood that 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 children’s snowsuits and coats sold in sizes 2 through 12. The snowsuits and coats were sold in various colors and prints. The brand name “Deux par Deux” and the style number are printed on the neck tag. The recalled snowsuits and jackets, which were manufactured in China—a country long associated with a wide array of recalled products—were sold in small boutique retailers in the United States from 2005 through 2010 for $190 for the snowsuits and $120 for the coats

Children’s Snowsuits sizes 2-12:

• 2005: Style Numbers: B504, B514, D506, D516
• 2006: Style Numbers: B502, D504, F506, I819, J510, K511, M813, N514, O516, T820
• 2007: Style Numbers: B503, C804. D515, G516, J518, J511, K512, K912, L513, P817
• 2008: Style Numbers: D802, E803, G806, J807, I808, J809, K810, L811, N813, P815
• 2009: Style Numbers: C804, D805, E806, F807, G808, I510, I810, KM12, M815
• 2010: Style Numbers: C803, D804, D904, E805, F806, G807, H808, K810, L811, L812, M813

Children’s Coat Style Numbers sizes 2-12:

• 2005: Style Numbers: D906. F908
• 2006: Style Numbers: I909, P916
• 2007: Style Numbers: I910, L913
• 2008: Style Numbers: H907, J909, P915
• 2009: Style Numbers: C904, D905, I910
• 2010: Style Numbers: C903, I909, J910

Consumers are urged to immediately remove the drawstrings from the jackets to eliminate the hazard or return the garment with drawstring to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers also can return the jackets with the drawstring intact to Deux par Deux, 433 Chabanel West, Suite 1102, Montreal, Quebec Canada H2N 2J8 for a full refund. Deux par Deux can be reached, toll-free, at 1-866-557-2222 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s Web site at www.DeuxparDeux.com.

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