Girls’ Hooded Sweaters with Drawstrings Recalled by Children’s Apparel Network Due Strangulation Hazard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 24, 2010
Release #10-180
Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 919-1917
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Girls’ Hooded Sweaters with Drawstrings Recalled by Children’s Apparel Network Due 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: Girls’ Hooded Sweaters with Drawstrings

Units: About 9,700

Manufacturer: Children’s Apparel Network, Ltd. of New York, N.Y.

Hazard: The hooded sweaters have a drawstring at the neck which can pose a strangulation hazard to children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines (which were incorporated into an industry voluntary standard in 1997) to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on the neck and waist drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets or sweatshirts.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The hooded sweaters were sold as part of a 3-piece set with knit shirt and corduroy pants. The girls’ acrylic sweater has flower appliqués and embroidery. A Young Hearts label in the neck seam has RN# 16435. The sweaters were sold in sizes 2-4T and 4-6X.

Sold at: Burlington Coat Factory, Pamida and Ross Stores nationwide from June 2008 through November 2008 for about $15.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the drawstring from the sweaters to eliminate the hazard, or return the garment to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Children’s Apparel Network at (800) 919-1917 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

Picture of Recalled Hooded Sweater

Picture of Label on Recalled Hooded Sweater