The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) safety regulations governing drawstrings in children’s upper outerwear have generated a number of questions and considerable confusion among manufacturers. To clarify some of the issues raised by the regulations, the CPSC has issued an FAQ on the subject.
The CPSC’s regulations prohibit drawstrings in children’s upper outerwear around the hood and neck area, extending from sizes 2T to 12. The CPSC first issued regulations relating to drawstrings in children’s outerwear garments in 1996. Since then, fatal incidents involving garments with drawstrings through the neck or hood have decreased by 75 percent, and fatalities associated with drawstrings through the waist or bottom have dropped 100 percent.
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