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Thrift shops warned about drawstring kids' clothes

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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— New York's attorney general has told 46 thrift shops to stop selling children's garments with drawstrings, clothing prohibited in New York since 2003.

The letters follow a survey showing many thrift shops continued selling clothes considered a safety hazard because drawstrings can snag on cribs, playground equipment and vehicle doors.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says it has received reports of 26 deaths and 58 other incidents involving drawstrings on children's clothing from 1985 through April 2011.

Under New York law, it's illegal to sell any item of children's clothing, up to size 12, with a drawstring at the neck.

Children's clothing sized from 2T to 16 can have drawstrings at the waist provided they don't extend too far and have no toggles or knots.

 
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