Strangulation Hazards Causes Recall of 2,400 Vans Boy’s Hooded Jackets

By Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari on November 13, 2013

In conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Vans Inc. has issued a recall for its AV Edict hooded jackets for boys. According to reports, the positioning of the “drawstring” in the hood present a serious choking hazard to children who wear these jackets.

These drawstrings do not comply with guidelines that were created by the CPSC; and later were legislated to become Federal regulations in 2011. These regulations are intended to prevent drawstrings on jackets and sweatshirts from strangling or entangling children. There have been no injuries reported secondary to this defect.

The recall includes Vans AV Edict hooded black cotton or black canvas jackets for boys that come in small, medium, large, and extra large sizes, and were sold in stores and online from September 2012 through September 2013 for $90.

Affected jackets can be identified by the word “Vans” printed on a tab above the left front pocket, the black “AV” logo embroidered beneath the lower right pocket, the “AV” logo on the jacket’s snaps, and both “Vans OFF THE WALL” and “AV” on a label inside the neck of the jacket.

Vans and the CPSC advise that parents take the jackets away from children immediately and return them to where they were purchased. Consumers will be able to receive a full refund or a repair that will eliminate the dangerous drawstrings. Further information on the recall can be obtained by calling Vans at (800) 817-0618 or clicking the Recall Info link at www.vans.com.

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