Over the past week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the voluntary recalls of three different brands of children’s clothing, specifically jackets and hooded sweatshirts that have waist and/or neck drawstrings. These jackets and sweatshirts pose a choking and suffocation threat to young children, and the CPSC as well as the respective manufacturers urge all consumers to stop using these brands immediately to avoid any possible injuries. As of yet, there have been no reported injuries caused by any of the recalled jackets or sweatshirts.
The latest recall of 1,900 items involves a brand of fashion hooded sweatshirts manufactured by Baycreek Inc. and sold at Burlington Coat Factory and Modecraft Fashions stores throughout the country between October 2008 and June 2009. The Attitude Gold children’s sweatshirts violated 1997 industry standard guidelines for drawstrings and the prevention of strangulation in upper garments with waist and/or neck drawstrings. Consumers are urged to either remove the drawstrings from the products entirely, or to return the sweatshirts to the stores at which they were originally purchased or send them to Baycreek for a full refund. Baycreek customer service representatives can be reached at (212) 279-2777 Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern.
Franshaw Inc. has also recalled at least 2,400 hooded jackets for drawstrings in the hood that can cause strangulation. The styles, Blue Heart and Just a Girl, were sold at Burlington Coat Factory stores between September 2006 and September 2009. Consumers should remove the drawstrings from the jackets or return them to any Burlington Coat Factory store or Franshaw for a full refund. More information is available at (800) 477-3274.
The third recall is the largest, as Weeplay Kids LLC recalled more than 11,000 hooded sweatshirts due to the drawstring problem. Again, these sweatshirts failed to meet the 1997 industry guideline for preventing strangulation. The Candy Queen and Akademiks brand sweatshirts were sold in retail stores nationwide between February 2008 and November 2008. Weeplay urges consumers to remove the drawstrings immediately or return the sweatshirts to Weeplay by contacting at (800) 505-0490.
If you or a loved one has experienced an injury due to defective clothing, contact Newsome Law Firm and fill out a case evaluation form today. Our team of attorneys has experience specific to complications associated with defective children’s products. Not only can they give you the legal guidance you need, they can help you get the compensation you deserve.