Umbro boys jackets may cause choking risk

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The Hong Kong Genexy group will be voluntarily recalling its Umbro boys outerwear jackets because they pose a choking hazard, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. This recall affects approximately 240 jackets. These jackets are distributed by Umbro USA, located in Beaverton, Oregon.

The toggled retractable elastic drawstring protruding from the jacket’s waist could become entangled in a small passageway or doorframe causing the child to become trapped there. This design is in violation of the Consumer Product Safety Commission guidelines regarding drawstrings in children’s outerwear set forth in 1996 and voluntarily standardized in 1997. This was adopted as a federal regulation in July of 2011. Currently no injuries or incidents have been reported.

The recall affects boys Umbro nylon jackets size medium to extra-large sold in Ross Stores nationally for about $8 from April 2011 to January 2012. The jackets were produced in five different color combinations: black and royal blue, black and cedar green, black and Tabasco red, all black, and all navy. The Umbro brand name can be found on the upper right hand side of the jacket, and the bottom of the jacket features the toggled drawstring. If you have one of these jackets in your possession, you are urged to remove its drawstring and return the jacket to Umbro to get your money refunded.

As a San Diego personal injury lawyer, I sincerely hope that these jackets are all safely recalled before anyone is harmed. If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product, please consider speaking to an experienced San Jose personal injury attorney.