Thursday, February 12, 2009
Strangulation death from drawstring in sweatshirts
Wisconsin was the first to ban drawstrings in clothing for children, and CPSC has followed suit nationally, recalling millions of sweatshirts and other clothing items with drawstrings around the neck. Last year, CPSC fined seventeen companies for selling clothing with drawstrings.
Today, in heartbreaking news, the CPSC announced yet another recall -- this one because of the death of a three year old boy. The drawstring of his sweatshirt got caught in playground equipment. The recalled sweatshirts by Hill Sportswear are Kid Zipper or Kid pullover sweatshirts sold in California and Texas.
Parents and caregivers should remove(PDF) any drawstrings in their children's clothing as it can get caught on playground equipment as well as school buses or other vehicles.