One of the main functions of clothing and apparel is to provide the wearer increased protection from environmental conditions. Unfortunately, sometimes apparel is manufactured with flawed pieces that could actually harm whoever is wearing the article of clothing. Last week, 5 Star Kids recalled about 48,000 children’s jackets because the drawstrings posed a strangulation hazard. Additionally, this week, children’s shoe retailer Renaissance Imports is recalling about 5,000 pairs of girls’ cowboy boots due to a harmful part that could pose a laceration hazard.
The CPSC reports that the Autumn Run Girls Gemma II Boots have an exposed staple in the lining of the boot that could poke and possibly injure a child. One consumer was punctured by a pair of the boots, according to a report Renaissance Imports received. Renaissance Imports has a diagram of the areas in which an exposed staple can be found on its website, www.renimp.com. According to the website, there are units that have the stamp “INSPECTED” on the inside label of the boots. These are not included in the current recall.
The recalled boots are brown with a leather beaded strap and blue and pink paisley sash wrapped around the ankle of the boot. The boots were sold in the girls sizes 5 to 11, and had the SKU number 0529-02613-1050. Consumers can find a tag with the SKU number on the inner collar of the boot.
From July 2012 through October 2012, the boots were sold exclusively at Academy Sports + Outdoors stores and on the Academy Sports website, www.academy.com, for approximately $23. The boots should immediately be taken away from children and inspected for any exposed materials like staples. Consumers can contact Renaissance Imports at 877-632-2021 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday. The company’s website also has a link on its homepage entitled “Product Recall Info” for more information.