November 24, 2003CPSC, Meijer Inc. Announce Recall of
In cooperation with
the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Meijer Inc., of Grand
Rapids, Mich., is voluntarily recalling about 7,500 children's jackets.
These jackets have hood drawstrings. Children can get entangled and strangle
in the drawstrings that catch on objects, including playground equipment,
fences and tree branches. CPSC knows of numerous 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 (pdf), which were subsequently incorporated into a voluntary
Meijer has not received any reports of incidents. This recall is being
conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.
The recalled Falls Creek Army Flight Jackets are for boys size 4 through 7
and 8 through 18, as well as toddlers sizes 2T through 5T. These jackets are
made of blue or olive nylon fabric and are decorated with assorted patriotic
patches on the sleeves, chest and back. The hood is bordered with synthetic
brown and tan fur. These jackets were manufactured in Korea.
Meijer stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky sold the
jackets from July 2003 through October 2003 for between $26 and $33.
Consumers should stop their children from wearing the jacket immediately and
contact Meijer toll-free at (866) 280-8419 anytime or log on to their Web
site at www.meijer.com for information on how to return the jacket for a
full refund. Parents also can remove the drawstring, which will make the
jacket safe for children to wear.