Types of Children’s Outerwear with Drawstrings and Hazards Associated with These Products:
Children's upper outerwear, such as jackets and sweatshirts worn on the exterior of other garments, in sizes 2T through 12, with neck or hood drawstrings, as well as in sizes 2T through 16, with certain waist or bottom drawstrings, have been designated as "substantial product hazards".
Drawstrings can catch or become entangled with objects, such as a car door or playground slide, posing dragging, strangulation and entrapment hazards to children. The CPSC has received reports of children who have died when the hood drawstring on their garment became entangled on playground slides and bus doors, while waist and bottom drawstrings that have caught in car doors have resulted in dragging incidents.
Legal Background and Compliance Enforcement:
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008 provides the CPSC with authority to specify, by rule, for any consumer product or class of consumer products, characteristics whose existence or absence shall be deemed a substantial product hazard.
The CPSC's partners at Customs and Border Protection have the authority to stop potentially hazardous shipments of children's outerwear with drawstrings from entering the United States. In addition, the CPSC has increased regulatory authority to issue product recalls of non-compliant garments.
Further information: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Newsroom/News-Releases/2011/CPSC-Issues-New-Drawstring-Safety-Rule-for-Childrens-Outerwear-Drawstrings-at-Neck-and-Waist-Present-Strangulation-Hazard-and-Other-Dangers