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CPSC, GapKids Announce Recall of Girls' Straw Cowboy Hats

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Recall Date:
June 17, 2004

Recall Details


June 17, 2004

Alert #04-557


The following product safety recall was conducted voluntarily by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Girls' Straw Cowboy Hat

Units: 5,200

Manufacturer/Importer: GapKids, of San Francisco, Calif.

Hazard: The straw hat is constructed using a thin wire within a seam. The tip of the wire can break free from the seam, posing a laceration hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: GapKids has received two reports of customers who received minor scratches from the exposed wire tip. A 7-year-old child received a scratch on the leg and a 12-year-old received a scratch on the forehead.

Description: The girls' straw cowboy hats were sold in two colors, pink and natural straw, with a flower embroidered on one side and a butterfly embroidered on the other. Style number 239040 is printed on a white label sewn into the brim of the hat, under the garment-care tag. The hats were sold in sizes small/medium (s/m) and large/extra-large (lg/xl).

Sold by: Exclusively at GapKids stores and nationwide from April 2004 through May 2004 for about $18.50.

Manufactured In: China

Remedy: Consumers should return the hats to any Gap store for a refund and a complimentary $5 appreciation card.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact GapKids toll-free at (866) 847-0489 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, between 12 p.m. and7 p.m. ET Saturday, between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday.picture of Straw Cowboy Hat

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