CPSC Going After Sellers Of Children's Outerwear With Drawstrings

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Credit: CPSC


The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is moving toward forbidding companies that sell, make or import children's clothing from offering outerwear with drawstrings, following a sweep by the agency that found numerous violations of 14-year-old guidelines, our sister site, WalletPop, has learned.

A recent spate of drawstring recalls prompted the safety agency to acknowledge the crackdown, which could result in negotiated financial penalties to the companies. The CPSC started taking a harder line on drawstrings with a 2006 letter to those who deal with children's clothing, warning that any garment violating the guidelines would be considered defective.

Still, drawstrings are routinely found by the CPSC on many children's clothing items -- particularly hooded sweatshirts. More than two dozen strangulation deaths have been reported to the CPSC, including a 3-year-old in California in 2009.

"It is completely inexcusable for any manufacturer and any retailer to violate the longstanding guidelines on children's clothing with drawstrings," CPSC spokesman Scott Wolfson tells WalletPop. "The guidelines were set ... they can save a child's life. It is one of the simplest guidelines the CPSC has put out in its history. There have been far too many deaths and near-strangulations from products that violate those guidelines."

Read the full story and learn more about recalls on WalletPop's Consumer Ally page.

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