December 6, 2007
Release #08-121

Firm's Recall Hotline: (888) 692-7129

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: Boys' hooded sweatshirts

Units: About 72,000

Distributor: Scope Apparel L.P., of Houston, Texas

Hazard: The garments have a drawstring through the hood which can pose 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: None reported.

Description: The boys' small and medium sized hooded zip-up sweatshirts have various designs on the front, and were sold in charcoal, navy blue and brown colors. "Whatever" and "RN#39209" are printed on the tag sewn into the jacket.

Manufactured in: Bangladesh, India, China and Pakistan

Sold at: Mass merchandise and specialty children's clothing retailers nationwide from August 2007 through November 2007 for between $20 and $40.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the drawstrings to eliminate the hazard, or return the sweatshirts for a full refund to either the place of purchase or Scope Apparel.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Scope Apparel toll-free at (888) 692-7129 ext. 0 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT, or visit the firm's Web site at

Note: CPSC was notified about these garments by the Wisconsin Department of Consumer Protection.

Picture of Recalled Sweatshirts