2009 Seattle Cotton Works Recall
In 2009 the manufacturer of clothing, Seattle Cotton Works, LLC of Bellevue, Washington created this website to notify consumers of a recall of their hooded sweatshirt.
The recalled sweatshirts had a drawstring through the hood which posed a strangulation hazard. The drawstring could catch on playground equipment, tree branches, fences, etc., entangling the child with the potential for strangulation occurring. The hooded, long sleeve sweatshirts had full-length zippers and drawstrings along the neckline. Parents.com issues a warning in the March 2009 telling parents to remove the drawstrings from the sweatshirts immediately to eliminate the hazard, and /or call the manufacturer to arrange for a full refund.
The sweatshirts were manufactured in Pakistan and from January 2009 through February 2009 were sold nationwide at Kohl’s Department Stores for approximately $17.00
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Once the recall was over, this site’s domain was not renewed.
There were several iterations of the site created by various buyers of the domain that had nothing to do with the original intent of the site. When I recently discovered that the domain was available, I bought it with the intent of restoring some of its original content found in its archived pages. These particular recalls are over, however I believe that consumers should remain aware of them, if for no other reason than for historical purposes.
From The Editor: One interesting consequence of this consumer alert is the fact that other manufacturers have taken heed of the problems identified by this recall. Any article of childrens clothing that uses a drawstring can be a hazard if this problem is present due to the design of the neck area. We noticed that online store MoonAtMidnight, which specializes in Batman t shirts also sells hoodies, with no drawstrings. My son the Batman expert pointed this out to me when looking for his favorite Batman t shirts on the site. He also pointed out the striking print jobs on their sublimated Batman t shirts - vivid printing with amazing detail and colors. I was blown away by the high tech process that results in such amazing shirts. Batman would be proud. And their hoodies, without drawstrings very likely due to this recall, are safe. Batman's got this covered.
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2009 Seattle Cotton Works Hooded Sweatshirt Recall
In 2009 the Seattle Cotton Work had one CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) recalls because of a strangling issue with the sweatshirt's drawstring.
Below is the information found on the Consumer Product Safety Commission website for this product.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Seattle Cotton Works Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Recalled Due to Strangulation Hazard
FOR Firm’s Recall Hotline: (800) 533-8922
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of product: Hooded sweatshirts
Units: About 40,000
Distributor: Seattle Cotton Works, LLC, of Bellevue, Washington.
Hazard: The sweatshirts have a drawstring through the hood that can pose a strangulation hazard to children. In February 1996, the CPSC issued guidelines 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 hooded, long sleeve sweatshirts have full-length zippers and drawstrings along the neck line. The products are sold under the Seattle Cotton Works brand in six different designs. The styles are set forth in the image below. The name, “Seattle Cotton Works” appears along the inside neck line.
Sold exclusively at: Kohl's Department Stores nationwide from January 2009 through February 2009 for about $17.
Manufactured in: Pakistan
Remedy:& Consumers should immediately remove the drawstrings from the sweatshirts to eliminate the hazard, or call the manufacturer to arrange for a full refund.
Consumer Contact: ;For additional information or assistance returning a product contact Seattle Cotton Works at (800) 533-8922 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.seattlecottonrecall.com