About 7,800 Boys Zipper Hooded Sweatshirts have been recalled by Active Apparel, Mira Loma, Calif. The sweatshirts have drawstrings around the neck area which pose a strangulation hazard to children. Drawstrings can become entangled or caught on playground slides, hand rails, school bus doors or other moving objects, posing a significant strangulation or an entanglement hazard to 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 boys Fission zipper hooded sweatshirts made of 100 percent cotton. The sweatshirts come in black, green, royal blue, true red and turquoise color. There is a white drawstring tie that is attached on each side of the neck area. There are two pockets and a white zipper on the front of the garment. The recalled sweatshirts were sold in boys sizes small (size 8-10) and medium (size 12-14). The size can be found on the label that is sewn into the seam of the neck area. There is also a white label sewn into the lower left seam inside the garment. On the label, it states Karachi Pakistan, Active Apparel, has the manufacture date “MAY, 2014,” and batch number 61271,159.
The sweatshirts were sold at Fred Myer and Kroger stores nationwide from June 2014 through August 2014 for about $18. Consumers should immediately take the sweatshirt away from children. Consumers can remove the drawstring from the sweatshirt to eliminate the hazard or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund and a $10 gift card. Contact Active Apparel toll-free at 844-861-5308 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or online at www.activeapparel.net and click on the Recall tab located at the top of the home page.
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