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Children's sweatshirts recalled due to strangulation hazard

Tennessee parents may want to check their children's closets for a sweatshirt that was recently recalled. James Trading Group's Croker Kids Ireland Sports Hoodie is a green, blue and white sweatshirt with the word “Ireland” across the front. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the sweatshirts pose a strangulation hazard due to a drawstring on the hood.

Between November 2012 and August 2015, about 1,200 of the children's Ireland sweatshirts were sold at boutiques and other stores around the country. The sweatshirts are composed of 75 percent cotton and 25 percent polyester and run from size “2YR” to size “12YR.” Parents who find the dangerous products are advised to dispose of them immediately or remove the drawstrings before giving them back to their children. So far, no incidents or injuries have been reported involving the children's Ireland hoodies.

The CPSC says that children's sweatshirts with drawstrings around the necks can get caught on playground equipment and moving objects. Safety guidelines for drawstrings in children's clothing were issued by the CPSC in 1996, and a voluntary standard was created in 1997. The CPSC issued a federal regulation for drawstrings in children's clothing in 2011.

If a child's injuries during an accident were made worse by their clothing, the child's parents may be able to file a lawsuit against the clothing manufacturer. A lawyer may be able to help the parents to determine whether a clothing manufacturer was guilty of violating children's clothing regulations and then help the parents to pursue an award for damages.


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