Entanglement Hazard Causes Recall of 5,000 Puma Kids Jackets

Posted on April 24, 2012

I have another recall to share with you this afternoon, this time concerning a clothing product that poses a hazard to the child wearing it.

The item being recalled is the Puma USA V-Konstruct Training Jacket with Pockets.  Manufactured in either Vietnam, China, or Malaysia, the jackets were imported by the Westford, Massachusetts-based Puma North America.  Around 5,000 jackets are affected by this particular recall.

Because these jackets have a toggled drawstring in the waist area, and this item is not stitched to the jacket’s back, the clothing is in conflict with a Consumer Product Safety Commission regulation issued in 2011 that governs drawstrings in children’s wear.  The drawstring in this product could get stuck in an enclosed space, thus creating an entanglement hazard for its child user.

Affected persons are being advised to look at the white care label to spot the recalled model numbers, which all have 6511020 as their first seven digits and 1 through 5 as the eighth.  The items were sold at clothing stores across the country between January 2007 and 2012.  They retailed from $12 to $55.

There have been no injuries reported as yet, and purchasers can return the items to the clothing retailer they were bought from to receive a refund.

As a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, I know this might not seem like much of a hazard, but the threat of entanglement must not be underestimated.  The CPSC issued their guidance for a reason, and I hope as a personal injury attorney in Bakersfield that everyone out there take this recall seriously.

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