The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said today that Forman Mills Inc. agreed to pay a $600,000 civil penalty to resolve charges that it knowingly failed to immediately report to the CPSC that it sold or held for sale about 2,100 pieces of children’s outerwear with drawstrings from June 2007 to February 2010.
In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on hood, neck and waist drawstrings in upper garments, such as sweatshirts and jackets. In May 2006, the commission posted a letter on its Web site stating that it considered children’s upper outerwear with drawstrings at the hood or neck to be defective and present a substantial risk of injury to young children.
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