Recall Wednesday: Boys’ Hooded Jackets & Sweatshirts, Children’s Bangels, Outdoor Lighting Fixtures, & Roman Shades





Below are the CPSC recalls that I have received since Wednesday, March 3, 2010. Once again I’m seeing recalls for hooded sweatshirts. Childrens’ hooded sweatshirts are frequently recalled due to drawstrings around the neck. The drawstring poses a tremendous strangulation risk to children.

In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines(pdf) (which were incorporated into an industry voluntary standard in 1997) to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled in the neck and waist drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets or sweatshirts. Be sure to check old hand-me-downs for this!

You can find even more detailed information on all recalled products mentioned below on All information below comes directly from the CPSC website.
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Smarty Pants Mama
PS – Has Recall Wednesday ever alerted you of a product that you actually have had in your home? I want to hear about it!!! Please share!

Name of Product: Boys’ Hooded Jackets
Hazard: The children’s jackets have drawstrings through the hood which can pose a strangulation hazard to children. Description: This recall involves Ten 1 West boys’ jackets with a drawstring through the hood. They were sold in size 10/12 and are black cotton with a white fleece lining. “TEN 1 WEST” is printed on a hang tag on the center of the back neck.
Sold exclusively at: Burlington Coat Factory stores nationwide from November 2006 through September 2009 for about $12.
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Name of Product: Children’s Bangles
Hazard: The surface coating on the bracelets contains high levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
Description: This recall involves children’s bangle bracelets. The bracelets which were sold in packets of 24, are gold with stripes of either red, maroon, black, orange or green.
Sold at: Chandigarh Fashion stores in Flushing, N.Y. and Sonia Selections stores in Chicago, Ill. from May 2007 through August 2008 for about $2.
Find additional information on this recall at:

Name of Product: Outdoor Lighting Fixtures
Hazard: Improper wiring in the light fixtures poses a shock hazard to consumers.
Description: This recall involves model AVL outdoor lighting fixtures sold under the American Electric Lighting brand name. The light fixtures are intended for use in parking lots, roadways, commercial environments and office communities. “AVL” is printed on the reflector of each light fixture.
Sold by: Electrical distributors and electrical sales representatives nationwide from September 2008 through September 2009 for between $250 and $800.
Find additional information on this recall at:

Name of Product: Children’s hooded sweatshirt sets with drawstrings
Hazard: The sweatshirts have a drawstring through the hood, which can pose a strangulation hazard to young children.
Description: This recall involves hooded sweatshirts sold under the “Maria Elena” and “Eddie” brand names. The sweatshirts were sold in children’s sizes 8 through 14, and have various character designs on the front including “Princess,” “Prince” and “Champion.” Style number 4282 is printed on the back of the tag attached to the label.
Sold at: Dd’s Discount, Frine Solarzvo and Toro Wholesale stores in California, El Carrusel and Hana Hosiery in Georgia, Lacala Design in Illinois, and La Revoltosa stores in Florida from August 2008 through August 2009 for between $6.50 and $9.
Find additional information on this recall at:

Name of Product: Roman Shades
Hazard: Strangulation can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the shade or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck. Also, strangulation can occur when a child’s neck become entangled on the free-standing loop.
Description: This recall involves all styles and sizes of Roman shades sold under the Ethan Allen brand name. These custom-ordered, made-to-order shades were sold in a variety of colors, fabrics, and sizes. The shades have no labels or markings making reference to the Ethan Allen brand.
Sold at: Ethan Allen Design Centers since at least 1999 through December 2009. Most are priced between $400 and $1,000.
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Name of Product: Gerber® Gator® Machete and Gator® Machete Jr.
Hazard: The saw side of the machete can stick in wood during use, and if the user’s hand slips off the handle and slides forward across the machete blade, this poses a laceration hazard.
Description: This recall involves the Gerber Gator Machete and Gator Machete Jr. with the original handle (see picture below). The Gator Machete is approximately 25 1/2″ long and the Machete Jr. is approximately 18 3/4      ” long. The blade is marked with the “Gerber” trademark. The Gator Machete and Machete Jr. with a modified handle (an extended hand guard) are not included in this recall (see picture below). Consumers should visually inspect their machete to determine if it is included in this recall.
Sold at: Retail stores nationwide, including The Sportsman’s Guide, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Bass Pro Shops/American Rod & Gun, and through on-line stores from March 2007 through February 2010 for between $16 and $25.
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