Product recalls; stricter drawstring rules

By Robin Melen on July 13, 2011 12:01:00 am

Recall-alert-new BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL GLOVES About 131,000 Mizuno Supreme Series and Ballpark Pro baseball and softball gloves sold at Walmart and Target stores from April 2010 through May 2011 for between $24 and $60. Some gloves were found to contain a variety of molds that could cause respiratory or other infections in individuals with chronic health problems, or in individuals who have impaired immune systems.

IF YOU OWN ONE Contact Mizuno USA at 800-451-7913 to receive a full refund.

CANDLE HOLDERS About 117,000 glass votive candle holders sold at Dollar Tree, Dollar Bill$, Deal$, and Dollar Tree Deal$ stores nationwide from December 2010 through April 2011 for about $1. The glass votive candle holders can shatter while in use, posing a fire and laceration hazard to consumers. The firm has received one report of the glass votive candle holder shattering. No injuries have been reported.

IF YOU OWN SOME Return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. Call 800-876-8077 or go to www.dollartree.com for more information.

New rules for drawstrings on children’s outerwear

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted unanimously recently to approve a new federal safety rule for drawstrings in children’s outerwear. The final rule designates children’s upper outerwear in sizes 2T through 12, with neck or hood drawstrings, and children’s upper outerwear in sizes 2T through 16, with certain waist or bottom drawstrings, as substantial product hazards. Drawstrings can catch or become entangled with objects, such as a car door or playground slide, posing dragging, strangulation entrapment hazards to children.

CPSC has received 26 reports of children who have died when the drawstring on their garment became entangled on playground slides, school bus doors, and other objects. Waist and bottom drawstrings that have been caught in doors or other car parts have resulted in dragging incidents.

The CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this type of product or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov.

Macy’s to pay penalty on drawstrings

The CPSC announced that Macy's Inc., of Cincinnati, Ohio, has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $750,000. The penalty agreement (pdf) has been provisionally accepted by the Commission.

The settlement resolves CPSC staff allegations that Macy's knowingly failed to report to CPSC immediately, as required by federal law, that it had sold children's sweatshirts, sweaters and jackets with drawstrings at the neck between 2006 and 2010. Children's upper outerwear with drawstrings, including sweatshirts, sweaters and jackets, poses a strangulation hazard to children that can result in serious injury or death.

The sweatshirts, sweaters and jackets that are the subject of the penalty agreement were sold by Macy's and Macy's-owned stores, including Bloomingdale's, and Robinsons-May. CPSC staff alleges that Macy's knowingly sold some garments after a recall had been negotiated, which the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 made illegal.

Federal law requires manufacturers, distributors and retailers to report to CPSC immediately (within 24 hours) after obtaining information reasonably supporting the conclusion that a product contains a defect which could create a substantial product hazard, creates an unreasonable risk of serious injury or death, or fails to comply with any consumer product safety rule or any other rule, regulation, standard or ban enforced by CPSC.

Beginning in 2006, CPSC and the garments' manufacturers and distributors announced recalls of the following children's garments with drawstrings that were sold at Macy's, Bloomingdale's and Robinsons-May:

In agreeing to the settlement, Macy's denies CPSC staff allegations that it knowingly violated the law.

For the latest information on all recalls, go to Recalls.gov. There you'll find recalls from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, and The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, among others.

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Robin Melen

Robin Melen

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