November 1, 1999Montgomery Ward Recalls
North West Blue Hooded Jackets and Sweatshirts
Chicago, IL (SafetyAlerts) - Montgomery Ward
is recalling about 780 boys hooded jackets and sweatshirts sold under the brand name North
West Blue because the hood drawstrings present a strangulation hazard to children.
Children can get entangled and
strangle in the drawstrings that catch on playground equipment, fences or tree branches.
Since 1985, CPSC knows of 16 deaths from neck/hood drawstrings. To help prevent
children from strangling by their clothing drawstrings, in 1996 CPSC issued guidelines for
drawstrings on children's outerwear, which were subsequently incorporated into a voluntary
The jackets and sweatshirts being
recalled have the following identification numbers printed on the care label:
"RN90866" or "RN81862". The garments are made in Nepal or
Pakistan from 100 percent cotton in sizes small through large.
The sweatshirt is style RN 90866,
which comes in navy or olive. This is a pullover style sweatshirt with a zipper front
pouch pocket and elbow pads.
The jacket is style RN 81862, which
comes in khaki, navy, olive or natural with stripes on the chest and sleeves. This is a
zip front jacket made from cotton canvas with a fleece hood. "North West Blue"
is on a sewn-in label at the neck of both garment styles.
Montgomery Ward stores nationwide
sold the garments from August 1999 to October 1999 for about $20.
The CPSC recommends that jackets and
sweatshirt drawstrings be completely removed and that alternate closures, such as snaps,
buttons, Velcro or elastic be used. Montgomery Ward had been adhering to the voluntary
standard and has implemented procedures to prevent future errors.
Consumers should not allow children
to wear the jackets and sweatshirts. Either remove the drawstrings from the hood or return
them to the nearest Montgomery Ward store for a full refund.
For more information, call Montgomery
Ward at (800) 695-3553 between 8 a.m and 6:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or access
their web site at www.wards.com/HTML/Recall_oct99.html.
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