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The Consumer Products Safety Commissioin (CPSC0 has reported that several firms have been selling childrens clothing with drawstrings that posed a strangulation hazard.  According to the CPSC, the firms failed to report to the CPSC that their children’s hooded sweatshirts or jackets were sold with drawstrings at the hood and neck, in violation of federal law.

Since April 1, 2007, there have been 17 recalls of more than 190,000 units of children’s clothing because they had drawstrings in the hood or neck.  This despite the existence of an 11-year old voluntary industry standard that instructs manufacturers not to use drawstrings in the neck area of children’s outerwear and to make sure drawstrings at the waist are of a certain length, have no toggles or knots, and are sewn in the back so they can’t move. 

This clothing, which could create a substantial risk of serious personal injury or death, was reportedly sold at Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc., Neiman Marcus Group, Inc., and other stores. 

Parents are warned to keep this clothing away from children, to remove any drawstrings in the hood or neck area of jackets, sweaters and sweatshirts.

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