Three Firms Recall Children’s Clothing Due To Strangulation, Entanglement Hazards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is reporting three separate <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">recalls of children’s clothing due to strangulation and entanglement hazards. In all three cases, the garments have a drawstring through some portion of the clothing, 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.

In all three cases, the CPSC is advising consumers to immediately remove the drawstrings from the garment to eliminate the hazard or return the garment to the place of purchase for a refund or credit.

Lollytogs Children’s Hooded Jackets with Drawstrings

About 23,000 Lollytogs Rim Rocka Boys’ Hooded Jackets and Pelle Pelle Girls’ Hooded Jackets are being recalled due to strangulation and entanglement hazards. Lollytogs Ltd., of New York, New York, distributed the recalled children’s hooded jackets. The jackets, which were manufactured in Pakistan and Bangladesh, have a drawstring through the hood and the vests have a drawstring through the waist, which can pose strangulation and entanglement hazards to young children. To date, no incidents or injuries have been reported.

This recall involves boys’ Rim Rocka hooded sweatshirts that are black or navy blue with red and white trim or gray and white trim and have a large number embroidered on the front of the sweatshirt. The drawstrings are attached at the hood. The jackets have an emblem on the left shoulder that reads “RR.” There is a tag at the back of the neck that reads “Rim Rocka” OFFICIAL SPORTS APPAREL.” This recall also involves girls’ Pelle Pelle hooded jackets that have a zipper front that zips to the top of the hood. The jackets come in either pink or white with pictures of bottle caps printed on the hood and sleeves. “Soda Club pelle pelle” is on the top right of the sweatshirt and the tag at the back of the neck of the sweatshirt reads “pelle pelle.” The drawstrings are attached at the waist. The sweatshirts were sold in sizes 2T-14 at Burlington Coat Factory stores and at various small retailers nationwide from February 2008 through September 2009 for about $14.

Lollytogs can be reached toll-free at (800) 637-9035 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday or at the firm’s Website at www.ltapparel.com

S. Rothschild & Company Girls’ Coats with Strings
About 13,500 Girls Coats, which were imported and distributed by S. Rothschild & Company Inc., of New York, New York are being recalled because the strings on the detachable cape can pose a strangulation hazard to young children. To date, no incidents or injuries have been reported.

This recall involves S. Rothschild girls’ wool coats with a detachable cape. The coats were sold in pink, red, blue, and vanilla with a faux fur cape and in charcoal and vanilla with a faux fur trimmed cape. Two faux pompoms are attached to the end of strings that hang from the cape. The sewn-in neck tag reads, “ROTHSCHILD SINCE 1881.” The recalled coats, which were manufactured in Guatemala, were sold at Burlington Coat Factory, Famous Barr, Filene’s Basement, Parisian, and other retail stores nationwide from September 2006 through September 2009 for between $70 and $100. The involved coats come in the following style numbers and sizes: Style numbers 36321, 37321, W37321, and 38321M in sizes infant to 4T; style numbers 56321. 56321F, 56321Y, 57321, 57321F, W57321, 58321M in sizes 4 to 6X; and style numbers 76321, 77321, and 78321M in sizes 7 to 16.

The CPSC is also advising consumers to also immediately remove the detachable cape to eliminate the hazard. Consumers can return the cape to S. Rothschild for a free repair. S. Rothschild can be reached, toll-free, at (800) 223-2664 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday or at the firm’s Website at www.srothschild.com

Hind Fashions Boys’ Hooded Jackets with Drawstrings
Distributor Hind Fashions, of New York, New York, is recalling about 200 Boys’ Hooded Jackets. No incidents or injuries have been reported, to date and this recall involves boys’ hooded jackets with drawstrings that are blue suede on the outside and have fur lining on the inside. “Hind Leather” is printed on the tag on the back of the neck and the jackets were sold in sizes 6 through 12.

This recall also involves a black, quilted leather hooded jacket with drawstrings that has fur surrounding the hood. “Lil’ Phat” is printed on the tag on the back of the neck and these recalled jackets were sold in sizes small, medium and large. The coats, which were manufactured in China, were sold exclusively at Burlington Coat Factory stores nationwide January 2006 through September 2009 for between $30 and $90.

The garment can be returned to Hind Fashions or Burlington Coat Factory for a full refund. Hind Fashions can be reached toll-free at (888) 643-4463 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

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