The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (‘CPSC”) announced that The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. of York, Pa., has agreed to pay a civil penalty in the amount of $450,000.
The CPSC reports that the firm knowingly failed to report to CPSC that its children’s hooded jackets and sweatshirts were sold with drawstrings through the hood as required by federal law.
Children’s outerwear with drawstrings pose a strangulation hazard to children. CPSC began warning about drawstring dangers in the early 1990s. In 2006, CPSC’s Office of Compliance announced that children’s outerwear with drawstrings at the hood or neck would be regarded as defective and presenting a substantial risk of injury to young children.