Drawstrings Prove to be Dangerous on Children’s Clothing

Each year, many products are recalled because they are defective and hazardous. Recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that certain brands of hooded, sleeveless girls’ vests were recalled because the drawstrings posed potential risk for strangulation.

In 1996, the CPSC Office of Compliance issued guidelines for the clothing industry to follow in order to reduce the risks involved with the design of the clothing. Almost 50 non-fatal incidents and 22 fatal incidents were reported between 1985 and 1999, all involving drawstrings on children’s clothing.

Luckily, no incidents with the hooded, sleeveless vests have been reported. However, as of 2006, the CPSC announced that any children’s clothing items that had drawstrings around the hood or neck would be categorized as defective in order to prevent accidental strangulations.

People use unsafe products in New Jersey and throughout the U.S. every day, and the risks involved are often serious, if not life threatening. If the product is misrepresented or gives the consumer a false sense of security, then the manufacturer might be held liable for any damages caused by the use of their product.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in New Jersey due to a defective product, you may be entitled to compensation. The experienced Princeton product liability attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein have represented numerous clients and have acquired favorable settlements and verdicts in product liability cases. For a free and confidential evaluation, call Lependorf & Silverstein at (609) 240-0040 today.