The death of a 3-year-old boy whose sweatshirt drawstrings became tangled in playground equipment has prompted the voluntary recall of 300,000 similar sweatshirts by Hill Sportswear, Inc.
Officially named “Kid Pullover Hood Sweatshirt” and “Kid Zipper Sweatshirt with Hood,” the sweatshirts in question are not defective or illegal in their design, but do present a danger similar to that outlined by the Consumer Product Safety Commission in its 1996 guidelines to help prevent such strangulation injuries and deaths due to neck and waist drawstrings.
The recalled sweatshirts were sold in California and Texas at numerous small retail shops between August 1999 and December 2008. Cost was approximately $8.
The serious nature of the hazard posed by these garments is such that parents should immediately remove the drawstrings or return the clothing to the place of purchase or to Hill Sportswear for a refund. Hill sportswear can be reached at (877) 322-8760.
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