February 12, 2009

Child’s death prompts sweatshirt recall

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of Hill Sportswear Inc. sweatshirts prompted by the strangulation of a 3-year-old.

The child was strangled to death when the drawstring on his sweatshirt became stuck on a play ground set, the commission said.

The Paramount, Calif., company is recalling its Kid Pullover Hood Sweatshirt and Kid Zipper Sweatshirt with Hood, the commission said.

Parents are instructed to immediately remove the drawstrings from the sweatshirts or return the garments to the place of purchase or Hill Sportswear for a full refund.

The sweatshirts include fleece linings. The zippered shirt has two side pockets. The pullover version has one center pocket. About 300,000 were sold by retailers in Texas and California from August 1999 through December 2008 for about $8.

Consumers can call 877-322-8760 for information.