Bellevue company recalls hooded sweatshirts due to strangulation hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued, in conjunction with Seattle Cotton Works of Bellevue, Washington, a voluntary recall of the firm’s hooded sweatshirt. The sweatshirts have a drawstring through the hood which could pose a strangulation hazard.

The CPSC issued guidelines in 1996 that recommended alternate closures at the neck and short drawstrings at the waist of children’s jackets and sweatshirts for clothing in sizes 2T to 12. The CPSC issued their recommendation saying that drawstrings are a hidden hazard which led to the deaths of 22 children and 48 non-fatal incidents prior to 1996 when drawstrings got caught on playground equipment, bus doors, cribs, etc. The majority of death were on playground slides when the knot on the drawstring got caught on the top of the slide. Victims ranged from 2-8 years or age. The CPSC’s guidelines are voluntary.

While no injuries have been attributed to the Seattle Cotton Works garments, Seattle Cotton Works is recalling approximately 40,000 hooded sweatshirts sold through Kohl’s Department stores. Call Seattle Cotton works at (800)533-8922 click here for more information: http://www.seattlecottonrecall.com/

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