Friday, May 16, 2008

Maran Inc. Children's Hooded Jackets with Drawstrings Recalled Due to Strangulation Hazard; Sold Exclusively at TJ Maxx

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named
below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product.
Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise

Name of Product: Squeeze Kids Girl's Corduroy Jackets

Units: About 6,000

Distributor: Maran Inc., of North Bergen, N.J.

Hazard: The garments have a drawstring through the hood, which can pose a
strangulation hazard to children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines (pdf)
to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on the neck and waist
drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets and sweatshirts.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recalled garments are brown corduroy jackets with a pink hood and
pink sequins on the front pockets. "Squeeze Kids" and style number 4JZ642FK are
printed on the care label sewn into the back collar area of the garment. The
sweatshirts were sold in girls' sizes small (7/8), medium (10), large (12/14)
and x-large (16).

Sold exclusively at: TJ Maxx retail stores nationwide during January 2007 for
about $13.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the drawstrings from the sweatshirts
to eliminate the hazard, or return the garments to the place where purchased or
to Maran Inc. to receive a refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Maran Inc. toll-free at
(866) 431-5698 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the
firm's Web site at

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled product,
please go to:

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