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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Stacey Reuben Mesa
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189
April 22, 1994
Release # 94-061

Levi Strauss & Company Recalls Toddler Clothing

PRODUCT: Approximately 40,000 Levi Strauss & Co. Jeans, Shortalls , Rompers and Koveralls . The boys garments sold nationwide from July 1993 to early 1994 in dark blue or indigo blue stonewash with grey trim. The girls garments sold nationwide from May 1992 to the present in bleach blue, indigo blue stonewash, pink stonewash, or pink; they have pink elastic suspenders. The garments can be identified by product codes listed on the underside of the garment. The product codes for the boys garments are: Rib Bottom Jeans 29370-7011, Shortalls 19375-7011, Romper 19377-7011, and Koveralls 19379-7011. The product codes for the girls garments are: Koveralls 38966-0491 (indigo blue stonewash), 38966-0435 (bleach blue), and 38966-1088 (pink stonewash), and 38966-1287 (pink).

PROBLEM: The diaper access snap fasteners located on the inside legs of the garments may detach and could pose a choking hazard for young children.

WHAT TO DO: Immediately discontinue use and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. For additional assistance call Levi Strauss & Co. at (800)USA-LEVI for return information.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Levi Strauss & Co., San Francisco, CA, is voluntarily recalling approximately 40,000 toddler jeans, Shortalls , Rompers and Koveralls . The diaper access snap fasteners located on the inside legs of the garments may detach and could pose a choking hazard for young children. The garments were designed for children 12 to 24 months of age.

The boys garments sold in retail stores throughout the country from July 1993 to early 1994 in dark blue or indigo blue stonewash with grey trim. The boys garments recalled are a Rib Bottom Jean ; a Koverall , which is a full pant length version of a traditional adult overall; a Shortall , which is a short pant length version of a traditional adult overall; and a Romper , which is a loose fitting denim body play suit.

The girls garments are a Koverall with pink elastic suspenders. They were sold in retail stores from May, 1992 to the present in bleach blue, indigo blue stonewash, pink stonewash, or pink.

The products can be identified by product codes listed on the underside of the care labels. The product codes for the boys garments are: Rib Bottom Jeans 29370-7011, Shortalls 19375- 7011, Romper 19377-7011, and Koveralls 19379-7011. The product codes for the girls garments are: Koveralls 38966-0491 (indigo blue stonewash), 38966-0435 (bleach blue), 38966-1088 (pink stonewash), and 38966-1287 (pink).

Consumers who purchased these garments should immediately discontinue their use and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. For additional assistance, consumers may also call Levi Strauss & Co. at (800)USA-LEVI for return information.

Over time, snaps and buttons can become loose or detach from all children's garments, regardless of the brand. Consumers are encouraged to check their children's clothes on a regular basis.

CPSC learned of this problem when Levi Strauss & Co. reported to the Commission that it had received one report of an incident in which a snap fastener had detached from a garment. The company subsequently reported that it had received a report of an additional incident. There was no injury reported with either incident.

Levi Strauss & Company states that it has no evidence of a snap fastener problem with respect to several of the product codes but is recalling them out of an abundance of caution.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to info@cpsc.gov.

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