On April 15, 2010, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Niko's Sportsline announced a voluntary recall of approximately 3,200 children's hooded sweatshirts, citing a possible strangulation hazard from the drawstrings found around the hood of the garments.
The hooded sweatshirts violate CPSC guidelines that were issued in 1996 to help prevent children from being strangled by drawstrings found around the neck or waist of certain garments.
The recall affects all children's Niko's brand hooded sweatshirts, sized 2T through 5T, that have a tag that reads "Niko's SPORTSLINE" sewn on the back neck of the garment. The following colors are included in the recall:
The hoodies were sold in gift shops, children's stores, souvenir shops, and resort stores in the following states from June 2007 through January 2008 for $8:
Consumers are urged to remove the drawstrings from the products immediately and return the sweatshirts to GJC International of Florida Inc. for a full refund. The company can be reached at 954-581-4646.