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This past week, The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Winterbee recalled 80,000 Speedy Children’s Hooded Zipper Jackets and Kids Hooded Pullover Jackets. The jackets have a drawstring through the hood, which can pose a strangulation hazard to children. In February 1996, CPSC issued drawstring guidelines (pdf) to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on the neck and waist drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets or sweatshirts.

The jackets were sold at Sportswear and clothing retail stores in the Los Angeles area from December 2004 through December 2008 for about $10. This recall involves Speedy children’s hooded zipper jackets and hooded pullover jackets with drawstrings. The jackets were sold in various colors (black, white, charcoal gray, heather gray, burgundy, green, royal blue, navy blue, baby blue, red, pink, brown and in sizes S-XXL. “Speedy” can be found on a label located on the inside of the collar.

Consumers should remove the drawstrings from the sweatshirts to eliminate the hazard, or return the garment to either the place of purchase or to Speedy for a full refund. Speedy can be contacted toll-free at (888) 901-8067.

If you or a family member is injured by a product, you need to get immediate medical care. If there is a significant affect or injury, you should contact an attorney concerning the problem. Early investigation can include the collection of product, checking recall alerts, and the proper notifying of those who caused the problem.

2 Comments

  1. Gravatar for Daniel 8791

    Do you know if the drawstrings were installed properly but still deemed to malfunction and cause the danger, or was it more of a violation in the actual design (uncompliant to the 1996 regulations) ? Either way it's good to get them away from kids for everybody's wellbeing.

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