Drawstring Strangulation Hazard Prompts Hoodie Recall from Maeli Rose

Drawstring Strangulation Hazard Prompts Hoodie Recall from Maeli Rose
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October 29, 2015

A girl's clothing company is issuing a recall for hoodie jackets with dangerous drawstrings.

The Girls' Blush Hoodie, made by Maeli Rose, has a drawstring inside the lining of the hood that surrounds the face, which poses a strangulation hazard to children. 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.

In February 1996, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued guidelines about drawstrings in children's upper outerwear. In 1997, those guidelines were incorporated into a voluntary standard. Then, in July 2011, based on the guidelines and voluntary standard, CPSC issued a federal regulation.

The recall involves sizes 2T to 6X. The garment comes in blush/pink and has a lace decoration strip around the hood opening. There is a white drawstring inside the hood lining that surrounds the face. There is a zipper on the front with a pocket on each side. The pocket openings and sleeves are decorated with a lace strip. The name Just Fab Girls is sewn into the label of the neck. There is also a label sewn into the side seam that reads RN #137339.

The item was sold at children's boutiques and other specialty retail stores nationwide from July 2013 through December 2013 for about $20.

No incidents have been reported in connection with this defect.

Consumers should immediately take the recalled hoodie away from children and remove the drawstring to eliminate the hazard or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Customers with questions about the recall can contact Maeli Rose at (626) 701-7575.