A clothing manufacturer just issued a recall for one of their windbreaker jackets, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The CPSC reminds consumers that it is illegal to resell or to attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
The recalled windbreakers contain dangerous drawstrings which pose strangulation and entrapment hazards to young children.
The 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. Later, 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. 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 in connection with this Product Recall.
The Defective Product is a children’s windbreaker jacket with drawstrings in the hoods. The jackets were sold in red, blue, and multi-colored (purple, blue, yellow, green, light blue) in sizes 12 months to 4T.
The Recalled Windbreakers, which were manufactured in China, were sold in department stores for about $80.00.
The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately remove the drawstrings from the jackets to eliminate the hazard.