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Strangulation Death Prompts Recall Of Hooded Sweatshirts & Drawstrings

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Hill Sportswear Inc., of Paramount, Calif., in cooperation with the CPSC, announced a voluntary recall of 300,000 children’s hooded sweatshirts after the death of a 3-year-old boy who was strangled when the drawstring of the sweatshirt became stuck on a playground.

The garments, Kid Pullover Hood Sweatshirts and Kid Zipper Sweatshirts w/Hood, have drawstrings through the hood. The agency advises consumers to immediately remove the drawstrings because they can become caught on objects and strangle a child.

The CPSC issued guidelines (pdf) to help prevent children from getting entangled or strangled on the neck and waist of drawstrings in upper garments, including sweatshirts and jackets.

Consumer Information: The garment can be returned to a place of purchase or Hill Sportswear for a full refund. For more information, consumers should contact Hill Sportswear toll-free at (877) 322-8760 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (PT) Monday through Friday.