• Lion Force Brand Recalls 2,400 Children's Puffer Coats
  • February 25, 2014 | Author: James P. Nevin
  • Law Firm: Brayton Purcell, LLP - Novato Office
  • The brand Lion Force has recalled about 2,400 units of its boys' puffer coat, sold exclusively at Burlington Coat Factory. The jackets have a drawstring through the hood which can pose a strangulation risk to children.

    Consumers should immediately remove the drawstrings from the garment hood to eliminate the hazard or return the garment to Lion Force Inc, for a full refund. The coats, designed for boys, have black hoods with a dark grey drawstring around the hood. They have a 100% nylon outer shell and a zip­off hood. The words "Lion Force" are printed on the upper left side of the front of the jacket, as well as on the garment tag. Sizes 4-­12 are currently being recalled.

    In February 1996, Consumer Product Safety Commission (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.