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Hooded jackets recalled

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalls a bevy of hooded jackets because they pose a strangulation risk.

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Sarah Lindenfeld Hall

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled a bunch of hooded jackets today.

Of course, it makes sense for a hooded jacket to actually have a string that you can tie around your chin to keep the hood up. But for young kids, those strings pose a strangulation risk.

In 1996, the commission issued guidelines that recommended that any string in a hood in jackets sized 2T to 12 should be removed. Drawstrings also are problematic. Velcro, snaps, elastic and buttons are better closures, they found. You can read more about the guidelines on this PDF.

Most of the sweatshirts were sold exclusively at Burlington Coat Factory. They include:

About 3,900 girls sweatshirts with neck and seam labels that say "Old Skool" on it. They were sold from November 2007 to September 2009. Here are the details.
About 1,900 Attitude Gold children's hooded sweatshirts, which were sold in beige, charcoal gray, blue, and black and have random distress designs. The details.
About 2,400 Blue Heart and Just a Girl brand children's hooded jackets. The Blue Heart sweatshirts are olive and pink. The Just a Girl sweatshirts were light blue. The details.

Looks like you can return the items to the store for a full refund.

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