New York Clothing Company Recalls Hoodies Due to Unsafe Drawstrings

New York Clothing Company Recalls Hoodies Due to Unsafe Drawstrings
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August 12, 2015

Flowers by Zoe, a children's clothing company, is recalling a line of girl's hoodies due to safety concerns.

The small firm from Melville, NY issued the decision after the discovery that the drawstrings on the hooded sweatshirts do not meet safety standards. The strings can become entangled or caught on playground slides, hand rails, school bus doors, or other moving objects, posing a strangulation hazard to children.

In February 1996, 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.

Flowers by Zoe is recalling about 122 hoodies. The sweatshirts come in striped or tie day designs. It is made from 100% Rayon and was sold in sizes S (7, 8), M (10) and L (12). A label sewn into the garment's neck seam reads "Flowers By Zoe" and a label sewn into the side seam reads either style #SRH125MS (for striped design) or #NRH125TA (tie-dye).

The hoodies were sold at several children's boutique specialty retailers; such as LaBella Flora in Auburn IN; Kids Only in Los Angeles, CA; Kids Biz, Dallas, TX and Polkadot Pony in Jackson, MS, and other on-line childrens stores; such as Everything But the Princess, from February 2015 through May 2015 for about $45.

Consumers should immediately take the hoodies and jackets away from children and remove the drawstring to eliminate the hazard. Consumers can return the hoodies to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Customers with questions can contact Flowers by Zoe at (844) 236-7350.