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Parents & kids to consider safety for back-to-school clothes – NTA

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Aug '09
As parents and their school kids pick out back-to-school fashions the National Textile Association reminds them to consider safety as well as styling and affordability. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) children's apparel can be harmful or even deadly.

So far in 2009 the CPSC has issued 21 product recalls involving 559,120 articles of clothing unsafe for children. Over half (12) of the recalls involved garments made in China. Several of the rest of the recalls involved garments made in other Asian nations. Although the Made-in-U.S.A. products accounted for just four of the recall actions, the total number of American-made garments was quite high due to one very large recall of 300,000 hooded sweatshirts with drawstrings.

The National Textile Association urges parents to read the labels on their children's clothes and to watch for potentially dangerous products. The CPSC warns: "There should be no drawstrings on hoods or around the neck. Drawstrings at the waist or bottom of jackets should extend no more than 3 inches to prevent catching in car and school bus doors or getting caught on playground equipment."

National Textile Association


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