|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 15, 2006
Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 626-1991
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Note: There is subsequent press release regarding an expansion of this recall, and that the firm was fined for failing to report sales of previously recalled children's sweatshirts.
Black Dog Children's Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Recalled for Strangulation Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Children's Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings
Units: About 9,700
Manufacturer: The Black Dog Tavern Company Inc., of Vineyard Haven, Mass.
Hazard: The garments have a drawstring through the hood, posing a strangulation hazard to children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on the neck and waist by drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets and sweatshirts.
Incidents/Injuries: No incidents or injuries have been reported.
Description: The recalled sweatshirts have a black dog on the front and are sold in youth sizes up to size 12 with drawstrings through the hood. Sweatshirt colors include navy blue, gray, red, pink, black or oatmeal. "The Black Dog," "Est. 71," or "The Black Dog/Martha's Vineyard" are printed on the back of some of the sweatshirts. A tag sewn on the inside of the garment reads, "The Black Dog." Style numbers are K086, K088, K090, K062, or K063 are printed on the garment's hang tag.
Sold at: Exclusively through Black Dog retail stores, catalog, and Web site from May 2004 through January 2006 for between $30 and $50.
Manufactured in: Canada and China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the drawstrings from the sweatshirts to eliminate the hazard.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Black Dog at (800) 626-1991 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.theblackdog.com
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