Posted on April 26, 2013 in Products Liability
This recall involves girl’s “Young Hearts” brand three-piece clothing
sets. The sets were sold with a pink vest, black pullover shirt and
knit pants in sizes 12 months to 6X. “Young Hearts” is printed on a
label inside the shirt collar. The pink vest has a black bow on the left
front and a pink elastic belt with silver clasps. The vest sold with
these sets has a belt at the waist that could become snagged or caught
in small spaces or vehicle doors and it poses an entanglement hazard.
In February 1996, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued guidelines about drawstrings
in children’s upper outerwear. In 1997, those guidelines were
incorporated into a voluntary standard. Then, in July 2011, based on the
guidelines and voluntary standard, CPSC issued a federal regulation.
CPSC’s actions demonstrate a commitment to help prevent children from
strangling or getting entangled on neck and waist drawstrings in upper
outerwear, such as jackets and sweatshirts.
At any point during the design and manufacturing process, failures
regarding safety issues associated with children’s clothing, toys and
other children’s products may contribute to a product’s hazards,
including (1) missteps during the early design stages; (2) inadequate
testing to ensure safe performance; and (3) marketing efforts that
include inadequate instructions and warnings, or failure to include any
relevant cautions. Even one act of negligence during the process from product’s conception to its sale can cause catastrophic injuries and even wrongful death once the product reaches homes, schools and workplaces of consumers.
If you or a family member have suffered significant personal injuries as the result of a defective product, contact the law office of Swartz & Swartz, P.C. Call
(617) 742-1900 in the Boston area, or for clients in greater
Massachusetts, New England, or other states across the U.S., call
toll-free at 1-800-545-3732