|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 20, 2006
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Gildan Activewear Recalls Youth Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings for Strangulation Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firms 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: Youth Hooded Sweatshirts
Manufacturer: Gildan Activewear SRL, of Barbados
Hazard: These sweatshirts 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 fleece sweatshirts were sold in youth sizes Extra Small to Extra Large, and have a "Gildan Activewear" neck label. The sweatshirts were manufactured in 12 different colors. These sweatshirts are often used by local print shops to add logos and sportswear decals.
Sold by: Wholesale distributors and applicable sportswear programs nationwide from January 2006 through September 2006. Retail cost between $13 and $20.
Manufactured in: Honduras
Remedy: Consumers should remove the drawstrings to eliminate the hazard.
Consumer Contact: Call Gildan toll-free at (877) 445-3265 Ext. 4090 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
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