Macy’s, Inc. has agreed to pay a $750,000 civil penalty following allegations from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) that the company knowingly failed to report that it had sold children’s outerwear items with a drawstring to the neck between 2006 and 2010. In agreeing to the settlement, Macy’s denies that it knowingly violated the law.
Manufacturers, distributors and retailers are required by federal law to report to the CPSC within 24 hours upon obtaining information that suggests they have sold products with defects that could pose a hazard, create an unreasonable risk of injury or death, or fail to comply to product safety regulations. Macy’s is alleged of selling sweatshirts, sweaters and jackets after a recall had been negotiated.
The CPSC issued guidelines in 1996 governing drawstrings in children’s garments to help prevent strangulation or entanglement. In 2006, the CPSC’s Office of Compliance said children’s outerwear with drawstrings at the hood or neck were defective under its regulations. Along with the garments’ manufacturers and distributors, it announced recalls of affected children’s garments at Macy’s and the Macy’s-owned Bloomingdale’s and Robinsons-May.