Children’s Sweatshirts and Jackets Recalled due to Strangulation Risk–Massachusetts Parents Take Warning

Four companies are voluntarily recalling children’s hooded sweatshirts and jackets due to the danger of children suffering personal injuries or death.  The recalled garments all have drawstrings through the hoods that pose a strangulation hazard for children.  All four companies are cooperating with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).  Baycreek Inc. of New York, NY is recalling 1,900 hooded sweatshirts.  Weeplay Kids LLC of New York, NY is recalling 11,800 hooded sweatshirts.  Bobens Trading Co., Inc. of Hicksville, NY is recalling 3,900 hooded sweatshirts and Franshaw, Inc. of New York, NY is recalling 2,400 hooded jackets; both companies’ recalled garments are sold exclusively at Burlington Coat Factory.  No injuries or incidents have yet been reported.

To eliminate the risk of danger, parents should either remove the drawstring from the hood, or return the garment to the place of purchase or the manufacturer for a full refund.  The CPSC issued guidelines in 1996 for children’s upper outerwear and the industry voluntarily incorporated these standards in 1997.  The guidelines provide additional information and advice on how to eliminate the risk of strangulation from hooded outerwear. 

To report an incident involving one of these garments, or a similar garment, file a consumer product incident report with CPSC. 

For more information on the Weeplay Kids recall, see http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10142.html

For more information on the Baycreek recall, see http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10144.html

For more information on the Bobens Trading Co recall, see http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10140.html

For more information on the Franshaw recall, see http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10143.html


For assistance with a case involving a personal injury or wrongful death resulting from a defective hooded garment or other defective product, contact the Boston attorneys at Breakstone, White and Gluck.  The lawyers at Breakstone, White and Gluck have over three decades of experience litigating product liability, wrongful death, and personal injury cases.  To consult with an experienced attorney, call 800-379-1244 or visit the firm’s website.     

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