The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently announced that retailer
Burlington Coat Factory will pay $1.5 million to resolve allegations that
it sold recalled children’s clothing. The penalty is the agency’s
largest ever assessed for violations involving children’s upper
outerwear with drawstrings.
The CPSC alleged that, from 2003 to 2010, Burlington knowingly failed to
notify the CPSC that it had sold many different children’s sweatshirts
and jackets with drawstrings at the neck. Federal law requires manufacturers,
distributors, and retailers to notify the CPSC within 24 hours after discovering
that a product contains a defect that could create a substantial product
hazard, creates an unreasonable risk of serious injury or death, or fails
to comply with any consumer product safety rule or other CPSC regulation.
Retailers are also prohibited from selling products that have been recalled
by a manufacturer.
The strict notification procedures are required to protect consumers from
dangerous defects. In this case, children’s upper outerwear with
drawstrings, including sweatshirts, sweaters, and jackets, poses strangulation
and entanglement hazards to children that can result in serious injury or death.