November 30, 1999J.C. Penney Recalls USA Olympic
Brand Boys Jackets
Plano, TX (SafetyAlerts) - J.C. Penney Co. Inc. is
recalling about 20,000 USA Olympic brand boys jackets. There are 7-inch drawstrings at the
bottom of the jackets. Children could be dragged if the drawstrings catch in a vehicle's
door, and suffer injury or death.
The recalled USA Olympic brand
jackets are reversible. One side has navy nylon fabric with grey and white stripes on the
sleeves, two pockets, and the USA Olympic logo on the chest. The other side has grey polar
fleece fabric, two pockets, and the USA Olympic logo on the back. The jackets are made in
the United States in boys sizes 2T through 5T and 4 through 7.
J.C. Penney stores nationwide sold
the jackets from June 1999 to November 1999 for about $30.
J.C. Penney is not aware of any
injuries or incidents involving these jackets. Since 1991, CPSC knows of 6 deaths and 8
injuries to children from coat drawstrings catching in bus or car doors. In 1996 CPSC
issued guidelines for drawstrings on children's outerwear, which were subsequently
incorporated into a voluntary standard. The standard limits bottom drawstrings on
children's upper outerwear to 3 inches. J.C. Penney has been adhering to the voluntary
standard and has implemented procedures to prevent future errors.
Consumers should stop using the
jackets immediately. Either remove the drawstrings or return the jacket to the nearest
J.C. Penney store for a full refund. For more information, contact J.C. Penney anytime
toll- free at (888) 333-6063 or at JCPenney
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