From the CPSC: The jackets have drawstrings in the hood around the neck area that pose a strangulation hazard to young children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines about drawstrings in children’s upper outerwear. In 1997, those guidelines were incorporated into a voluntary standard. Then, in July 2011, based on the guidelines and voluntary standard, CPSC issued a federal regulation. CPSC’s actions demonstrate a commitment to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on neck and waist drawstrings in upper outerwear, such as jackets and sweatshirts.
There have been no reports of injury. The jackets were sold at Vans stores nationwide and online at vans.com from September 2012 through September 2013 and retailed around $90.
The company is offering your choice of either a refund or a repair to the jacket. Company contact: Vans Inc. at (800) 817-0618 or online at www.vans.com.
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