Somehow, I Escaped Death By Hoodie

July 12, 2011

Somehow, I Escaped Death By Hoodie
All of you commenting here also apparently escaped a tragic end as a result of wearing a hoodie in your youth.

(Photo of allegedly deadly children’s wear from CPSC website)

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As Chris Morran writes at Consumerist about more meddling by the Consumer Product Safety Commission:

When I was a young thing, the drawstring on your hooded sweatshirt was something to chew on or play with while being bored to death in school. But as of 2006, such drawstrings have been considered strangulation hazards in children’s clothing. That, however, didn’t stop Macy’s from selling hoodies, jackets and other kids’ clothing with drawstrings, which is why the retailer now has to pay a penalty of $750,000.

From the CPSC’s website (see more photos there):

Federal law requires manufacturers, distributors and retailers to report to CPSC immediately (within 24 hours) after obtaining information reasonably supporting the conclusion that a product contains a defect which could create a substantial product hazard, creates an unreasonable risk of serious injury or death, or fails to comply with any consumer product safety rule or any other rule, regulation, standard or ban enforced by CPSC.

…On June 29, 2011, the Commission approved a final rule that designates children’s upper outerwear in sizes 2T through 12 with neck or hood drawstrings, and children’s upper outerwear in sizes 2T through 16 with certain waist or bottom drawstrings, as substantial product hazards.

Of course, life itself is a substantial hazard. Should we take the precaution of offing all the kiddies lest they risk serious injury or death simply by waking up and getting out of bed?

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  • In the Know

    It’s really worse than you think. Here’s why. The CPSC acted without adequate hazard analysis. The story behind the story is that after a few unfortunate strangulation accidents on gaps in playground equipement with toggles on hood draw strings on outerwear the CPSC and the playground industry upgraded the standards to eliminate such dangerous catchpoints. CPSC also issue a “guideline” seeling to reduce drwstring lengths. However, it never published this as a legal regulation, and argued instead company’s like Nacy’s should have just known about it, as a basis for the fine.

    Bac k tot he drwstrings with gaps eliminated in olayground equipment and on bus rails the hazard  (which was a 1 in a 100 million risk) wa sas a practical matter eliminated. Since they couldn’t regulate bus rails (NHTSA Does that) or force schools to retrofit their playground equipments they did what they could: criminalizeneck or hood drawstrings. Only in America! Funny how the rest of the worlds more than a billion children aren’t considered at risk from drwstrings.  

  • Anonymous

    I did die because of the strings on my hoodie ………but it made me a better person in the long run……..
    This is just more miss-direction for the masses from regulators that just can’t (or will not) do the more difficult responsibilities required from their position. This behavior is so systemic of the devolved leadership in this country that we need a constitutional convention to overhaul the entire system. Call it a peaceful revolution but they all need a kick in the crotch. 
    My only concern is the number of people that buy into this crap would be part of the process. 

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