Alameda County Alert: Children’s Hooded Jackets Recalled Due to Strangulation Risk
The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of certain hooded jackets and sweatshirts. The sweatshirts have a drawstring through the hood that can pose a risk of strangulation or entrapment. The clothes are distributed by VOS Sports Inc. of City of Industry, CA.
As an Alameda personal injury lawyer, I am deeply concerned with products which can cause injury to our children. At a minimum, clothing manufacturers should comply with standards which were written by the CPSC back in 1996 which describe ways to prevent choking incidents caused by drawstrings on children’s clothing. At best they should voluntarily be looking for new ways to design children’s clothing which reduces the risk of strangulation.
California product liability laws are designed to make manufacturers design safer products including safer children’s clothing. When corporations manufacture, distribute or sell unsafe clothing, they are legally accountable for the personal injuries caused by their defective products.
Besides being aware of dangerous products that are on the market, there are many other things parents can do to help prevent children’s injuries, such as strangulation by clothing drawstrings. A useful resource for parents is Safe Kids, USA.
Consumer Product Safety Commission, Children’s Hooded Jackets and Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Recalled By VOS Sports Due To Strangulation Hazard, November 19, 2010