Sunsations, Inc. and the Consumer Product Safety Commission have recently issued a voluntary product recall on children’s drawstring hoodies due to a threat of serious injury that they pose. The hoodies pose a strangulation hazard to children.
The clothing company and the government agency Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that approximately 12,000 children’s hooded sweatshirts with drawstrings were voluntarily recalled because they pose a strangulation hazard. Consumers are urged to either remove the drawstrings from the sweatshirts or the consumers may return them to the company, Sunsations, Inc., for a full refund.
In the late 1990’s, the Consumer Product Safety Commission published guidelines instructing consumers to remove drawstrings from children’s hoodies entirely. The guidelines advised consumers to purchase alternatives, such as snaps, Velcro, buttons, and elastic. Not only are the guidelines issued for drawstrings found in the hood, but they are also applicable to drawstrings that hang around the waist. Drawstrings in the waist can also lead to serious injury in children. Reports state that more than two-thirds of all wrongful deaths and personal injuries involving sweatshirt drawstrings were drawstrings found around the hood of the sweater. Although the guidelines issued by the CPSC in the use of drawstrings are not mandatory, they were created to help prevent tragic accidents from occurring.
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