The leading cause of death for children 5 – 14 years of age is unintentional injury. What no parent wants is to unknowingly increase the chance of such accidents because of a hoodie to keep their child warm.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued guidelines about drawstrings in children’s upper outerwear, which were later codified as federal regulation. BRP has recalled their products because the hoodies are in violation of such a standard.
The hoodies have a drawstring around the neck area which poses a strangulation risk to children. Children are less likely to recognize the danger certain situations can pose, including how drawstrings on a hoodie could hurt them if they aren’t careful. The drawstrings can get caught on a number of things, including playground slides, hand rails, school bus doors or other moving objects.
Fourteen styles of Ski-Doo or Can-Am kids’ hooded sweatshirts for boys and girls have been recalled. They were sold in kids’ sizes 2 through 12. The hoodies are cotton/polyester blend. There is a drawstring in the hood of the garment. Colors include raspberry, yellow, heather, charcoal gray and black. “Ski Doo” or “Can-Am” is printed on the front. Recalled style numbers include: 286485, 453215, 453265, 453320, 453321, 453375, 453376, 453464, 453618, 453658, 453660, 453661, 453707 and 453708. The style numbers indicating the different graphic treatments are printed on the white care label that is sewn into the neck and side of the garment.
It is heavily recommended that parents either remove the drawstring or return the product.