Companies Fined for Selling Hazardous Sweatshirts and Jackets

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As reported by the Associated Press, four retailers have been fined by the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) for selling hooded sweatshirts or jackets with drawstrings at the neck. This is a known safety hazard, especially for small children. CPSC issued drawstring guidelines (pdf) in 1996 to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on the neck and waist drawstrings in upper outerwear, such as jackets and sweatshirts. In 1997, the industry adopted a voluntary standard for drawstrings that incorporated the CPSC guidelines. In May 2006, CPSC’s Office of Compliance announced that children’s upper outerwear with drawstrings at the hood or neck would be regarded as defective and as presenting a substantial risk of injury to young children.

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