Friday, February 13, 2009

A public service

Part of my job at the Federal Citizen Information Center involves posting information about product recalls. They range from excessive lead paint on billiard tables to defective skis that make you fall on your face.
One thing that seemed kind of silly was recalling sweatshirts for being a strangulation hazard.
Huh?
The
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) claimed that the drawstrings around the hood could strangle a youngster. It seemed unlikely to me. Still, when thousands or tens of thousands of products are recalled nationwide, it's worthy of public notice.

Then I saw this.


Strangulation Death of a Child Prompts Hill Sportswear To Recall
Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings


An excerpt:
"CPSC received one report of a death involving a 3-year-old boy in Fresno, Calif. He was strangled when the drawstring on the hooded sweatshirt that he was wearing became stuck on a play ground set."

Yow.

Lame note:
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