WASHINGTON — The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday it has recalled 1,700 children’s sweatshirts sold at Saks Off 5th stores because they had drawstrings in the hood that pose a threat of strangulation. The hooded velour sweatshirts, manufactured by California-based JD Fine & Co., were sold under the name “Sweet Tart” at Saks Off 5th stores between July and April. The sweatshirts were sold in three styles in children’s sizes ranging from XS to L. Consumers were advised to either return the sweatshirts to the retailer for a refund or remove the drawstrings from the garments. The CPSC has had guidelines about the dangers of drawstrings at the neck and waist of children’s garments in place since 1996, and voluntary industry standards have been in place since 1997.

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