Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Children's Hooded Jackets with Drawstrings Recalled By Kids with Character Due to Strangulation Hazard

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 instructed.

Name of Product: BongoCheetah Girls Jackets

Units: About 1,200

Distributor: Kids with Character LLC, of New York, N.Y.

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 by drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets and sweatshirts.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recalled garments are Bongo Cheetah Girls Jackets with style number 8N6003 and RN number 119132 printed on the care label. The jackets were sold in girls sizes 4 through 6X.

Sold at: Marshalls stores nationwide from November 2007 through August 2008 for about $25.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the drawstrings from the sweatshirts to eliminate the hazard, or return the garment to either Marshall's retail store or Kids with Character for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Kids with Character collect at (212) 695-6343 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.

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