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Burlington Coat Factory Fines 1 5 Million Selling Recalled Childrens Clothing

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.