Dangerous Drawstrings Force Recall of Children's Sweater Line

Dangerous Drawstrings Force Recall of Children's Sweater Line
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July 28, 2015

Don't let the cute, smiling bear fool you. This is not a safe sweater.

Kyber Outerwear is issuing a recall for its line of children's animal-themed sweaters due to a strangulation hazard posed by the drawstrings. Drawstrings can become entangled or caught on playground slides, hand rails, school bus doors or other moving objects, posing a significant strangulation and/or entanglement hazard to children.

The Ogdensburg, NY company is recalling about 3,100 sweaters. These products are 100 percent wool if produced in Nepal and 50 percent wool and 50 percent acrylic if produced in Bangladesh. The company name and place of origin are listed on a tag sewn on the left seam several inches above the hem. The sweaters were sold in independent children's stores nationwide and online from January 2010 through December 2013 for between $10 and $50.

Drawstrings have long been a point of emphasis for the Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC). In February 1996, the CPSC issued guidelines about drawstrings in children's upper outerwear. In 1997, these guidelines were first incorporated into a recall. In July 2011, the CPSC established a federal regulation in regards to these guidelines.

Kyber has received no reports of injuries at this time. Consumers should immediately take the recalled sweaters away from children and remove the drawstring. Alternatively, consumers can return to product to the company for a full credit for Kyber products. Customers with questions can contact Kyber at (613) 724-2579.