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Several retail companies, including T.J. Maxx and Marshalls failed to promptly report sales of children’s clothing with drawstrings through the hood or neck. Those companies have agreed to pay more than $1 million in civil penalties. The penalties are due for failure to report safety hazards promptly. The danger of drawstrings in hoods or necks of clothing is that they can lead to children being trapped or strangled. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, makers and sellers of children’s clothing should know that drawstrings are a risk for children. If children’s jackets and sweatshirts have hood and neck drawstrings, they are considered defective according to a May 2006 announcement by the CPSC. A federal law requires companies to immediately report defective products. The companies included in the recent agreement to pay civil penalties are TJX, Marshalls of MA Inc., the Bon Ton Stores, Inc., Concord Buying Group doing business as AJ Wright, Bob’s Stores Corp., Kidz World Inc. doing business as High Energy USA, Coolbar Inc., Brents-Riordan Co., LLC, Forman Mills Inc., Urgent Gear Inc., Seventy Two Inc., Orioxl International Corp, Outfitter Trading Co., LLC and Retco Inc.

If your child was injured by a drawstring in their clothing, contact Sheller P.C. The lawyers at Sheller aggressively and passionately represent individuals and classes of individuals who have been injured. Sheller attorneys are dedicated to helping people obtain the remedies and compensation that they deserve from being injured by defective products. Contact a Sheller lawyer to discuss whether you have a legal claim.

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