About 2,400 Boy’s hooded jackets have been recalled by Vans Inc., of Cypress, Calif. The jackets have drawstrings in the hood around the neck area that pose a strangulation hazard to young children. In February 1996, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued guidelines about drawstrings in children’s upper outerwear. In 1997, those guidelines were incorporated into a voluntary standard. Then, in July 2011, based on the guidelines and voluntary standard, CPSC issued a federal regulation. CPSC’s actions demonstrate a commitment to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on neck and waist drawstrings in upper outerwear, such as jackets and sweatshirts. This recall involves Vans’ AV Edict hooded jackets for boys. They were sold in boy’s sizes S, M, L and XL and made from black cotton or black canvas with a drawstring through the hood. “Vans®” is printed on a tab above the jacket’s left front pocket. An intertwined “AV” logo is embroidered in black beneath the lower right pocket and also appears on the jacket’s snaps. “Vans®,” “OFF THE WALL®” and an intertwined “AV” logo is sewn on a label inside neck of the jacket.
The jackets were sold at Vans stores nationwide and online at vans.com from September 2012 through September 2013 for about $90. Consumers should take the recalled jackets away from children and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund or for a repair. Contact Vans Inc. at 800-817-0618 anytime or online at www.vans.com and click on Recall Info for more information. Photos available at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Vans-Recalls-Boys-Hooded-Jackets-with-Drawstrings/.
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