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Warning: Children’s Hooded Sweatshirts Recalled for Risk of Strangulation

Children’s Hooded Sweatshirts

It's getting cold out there and sweaters are all the rage, but a warning has been issued that children’s hooded sweatshirts and jackets have been recalled. This is an item that you may have bought, one which might strangle your child. This is an item your child may receive or someone might unwittingly illegally sell. Recalled items are prohibited from resale.

What exactly is this winter item?

It is a Trail Crest boys' or girls' hooded sweatshirt or jacket. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has sent out a warning for all parents, grandparents and individuals who might have bought these Trail Crest products, based on the drawstrings that pose a strangulation threat for the young and old. Since 2011, the commission has had its outerwear guidelines enter federal regulation, placing these types of sweaters in the spotlight.

According to Trail Crest, parents should take the garments away from children and either return with the drawstrings removed or send it back in to the company for a full refund on the price. It would have been bought from Zulily.com and other stores nationwide between November 2012 and February 2013 for about $15. There are about 350 units out there waiting to be returned.

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What exactly does it look like? According to the official warning, "this recall involves Trail Crest brand boys and girls hooded sweatshirts sold in sizes x-small, small and medium. They have a camouflage pattern on shoulders and arms, with drawstrings in the hood and zippers at the neck. They come in birch and camouflage, pink and camouflage, and purple and camouflage. There is a tag sewn on the outside of the jacket left sleeve with style number 29121. There is an additional Trail Crest tag in the neckline." You remember buying something like this? If not, it would do to check your or your child's closet. Check for other garments with drawstrings as well and double check their recall statuses. You never know, it might just save a life!

Dangerous effects of strangulation include:

  • brain damage
  • severe pain in the neck and shoulder area
  • seizures, psychosis and amnesia
  • hoarseness, voice changes or the inability to speak
  • sore throat and/or difficulty swallowing
  • miscarriage
  • difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • involuntary urination or defecation
  • restlessness, agitation or aggression
  • dizziness
  • death

It is a good thing there have been no cases of strangulation reported as of yet. Should such a thing occur, make sure you seek medical attention immediately. Make sure you check all children’s hooded sweatshirts and jackets for possible choking hazards.

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