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Children's Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Recalled by Rusty North America Due to Strangulation Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Rusty North America, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of product: Hooded Fleece Sweatshirts

Units: 635

Distributor: Rusty North America, of Irvine, Calif.

Hazard: The sweatshirts have a drawstring through the hood which can pose a strangulation hazard to children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines (pdf) to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on the neck and waist drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets or sweatshirts.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The boys hooded fleece sweatshirts were sold with the following names and style numbers printed along with the RN# 123549 located on the country of origin and care label in the center back neck: Industrial R48210106, Continue R48210105, Warp R48210122, and Enuff R38203012. All styles were sold in sizes S-XL and came in a variety of prints and colors including stripes and plaids.

Sold at: The retailers listed below sold these products nationwide from August 2008 through December 2008 for prices ranging from between about $40 and $65.

Retailers: Adrenaline, Bunger Kids, Carlsbad Pipelines, Driftwood Beach Shoppe, Farias Surf & Sport, Heritage Surf & Sport, K Five Board Shop, Nomad Surf Shop, Nor'easter Surf Shop, Offshore Surf & Skate, Pitti Bimi, Riders Outlet, Rusty, Shoppers Department Store, Spellbinders, Surf Hut, Third Ave Surf Shop Inc, TJX Companies/Marshalls, Wallerbears Surf & Sport and Wave Riding Vehicles

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the drawstrings from the sweatshirts to eliminate the hazard, or return the garment to either the place of purchase or to Rusty North America for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Rusty North America toll-free at (877) 857-8789 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.

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