|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 26, 2006
|Firm's Recall Hotline: 877-866-7776
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 Upper Outerwear with Drawstrings
Units: About 334,000
Importer/Retailer: Steve & Barry's University Sportswear, of Port Washington, N.Y.
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 of drawstrings of upper garments, such as jackets and sweatshirts. CPSC was alerted to this hazard by the state of Wisconsin.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The recalled garments are various color jackets, coats, sweatshirts and sweaters sold in youth sizes up to size 12 with drawstrings through the hood. Many of the sweatshirts have the names of colleges and universities written on them. A tag sewn on the garment reads, "Steve & Barry's Quality Athletic Goods." The style numbers are 15178, 16105, 16168, 16230, 16231, 16257, 16509, 17197, 17285 and 18346, which is written on a collar or side label.
Sold at: Steve & Barry's University Sportswear stores nationwide from January 2004 through December 2005 for between $6 and $10.
Manufactured in: China, India, Pakistan and Macau
Remedy: Consumers should remove the drawstrings to eliminate the hazard or return the garment to the store where purchased for a refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Steve & Barry's University Sportswear toll-free at (877) 866-7776 anytime, or visit the firm's Web site at www.steveandbarrys.com
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