Sweatshirts recalled after boy strangled

February 12, 2009 7:54:45 PM PST
A clothing manufacturer has agreed to a voluntary recall of 300,000 hooded sweat shirts after a 3-year-old boy was strangled by a drawstring, a federal agency announced Thursday.

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Hill Sportswear Inc., based in Paramount, will recall its "kid pullover hood sweat shirt" and "kid zipper sweat shirt with hood," the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

Both garments have drawstrings through the hood.

The sweat shirts were sold primarily in California, with a small amount also sold in Texas, from August 1999 through December 2008 for about $8, safety commission spokesman Scott Wolfson said.

It is the 18th and by far the largest recall of children's outerwear due to drawstrings since December 2007, he said.

"It is critically important that manufacturers stop making children's outerwear with drawstrings and that parents respond immediately to this recall by removing the drawstring and calling the company for the remedy they are entitled to," Wolfson said.

Company officials did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press seeking comment.

The recall comes after last year's death of a Fresno boy, who was strangled when the cord of his hooded sweat shirt became caught on a slide.

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