You would think 14 years after the clothing industry was told to stop putting drawstrings in hoods the practice would have stopped.
Drawstrings have been implicated in strangulation deaths of children and were essentially banned in 1996 when the CPSC issued guidelines for clothing manufacturers and importers. All three of the recalled lines were manufactured in China; one included some made in Pakistan.
Three of the recalled lines were sold at Burlington Coat Factory stores.
The following hooded sweatshirts were recalled:
- Blue Heart and Just a Girl brands sizes 4-6x sold exclusively at Burlington Coat Factory stores for about $10 from 2006 to 2009.
- Old Skool brand girls' hoodies with long and short sleeves sizes S – XL sold at Burlington Coat factory stores from 2007-2009 for $8-$20.
- Attitude Gold in children's sizes S-XL solid in 2008 and 2009 for about $25 at Burlington Coat Factory and Modecraft Fashion.
- Candy Queen and Akademiks brands sizes 2T through 16 sold by small retailers for $5-$22 in 2008.
If you have one of the recalled sweatshirts, either remove the drawstring or return it to the place of purchase for a refund.