Children’s Sweatshirts Cited for Safety Hazards

Some prominent department stores and children’s clothing manufacturers have been cited and fined by the Consumer Product Safety Commission for manufacturing or selling children’s sweatshirts with drawstrings around the neck. The drawstrings pose a strangulation hazard to young children.
Among those cited and fined by the CPSC: 1) Kohl’s Department Store has been fined by the CPSC $425,000 for its failure to report the drawstrings in children’s sweatshirts; 2) Hill Sportswear was fined $100,000 for a similar failure to report; 3) Maran Inc. and K.S. Trading Corporation were fined $85,000 for for another failure to report concerning the sweatshirt drawstrings.
O’Neill’s children’s hooded sweatshirts have been recalled by their distributor La Jolla Sport USA Inc. because of a strangulation threat concerning the sweatshirts’ drawstrings. According to the CPSC, approximately 2,300 sweatshirts are being recalled because of the health hazard.
The sweatshirts were manufactured in China and sold at Ron Jons’ Surf Shop, Dillards and McCaulous stores nationwide from June 2009 through August 2009 for about $65.