Macys fined $750K for selling clothing with drawstrings in children’s department

Macy’s Inc. has been fined $750,000 by the federal government after the U.S. Consumer Product Safety commission accused the company of continuing to sell children’s garments with drawstrings at the neck including sweatshirts, sweaters and jackets, after they had been recalled.

In 2006, the CPSC issued guidelines prohibiting the use of drawstrings on children’s upper outwear because they pose a strangling or entanglement risk and can lead to deaths and injuries when they get caught on playground equipment, cribs or on vehicle doors. Between 1985 and 1999, the CPSC received reports of 22 accidental deaths and 48 non-fatal accidents involving children’s drawstring clothing. The CPSC declared that such clothing is defective.

Macy’s apparently sold the clothing between 2006 and 2010 at their stores including Bloomingdale’s and Robinsons-May. Macy’s denied knowingly violating the law which requires distributors to report within 24 hours after obtaining information that a product is defective and could pose a hazard.

Washington state has as Products Liability Act which describes the legal set of rules concerning responsibility for the sale and manufacture of dangerous products to consumers, allowing an injured person to recover damages.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured due to defective products and the family of those killed.

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