Friday, November 8, 2013

Vans Recalls Boy’s Hooded Jackets with Drawstrings Due to Strangulation Hazard

Recall Date: November 7, 2013

Recall Number: 14-015

Vans Recalls Boy’s Hooded Jackets with Drawstrings Due to Strangulation Hazard

Name of Product: Boy’s hooded jackets

Hazard: The jackets have drawstrings in the hood around the neck area that pose a strangulation hazard to young children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines about drawstrings in children's upper outerwear. In 1997, those guidelines were incorporated into a voluntary standard. Then, in July 2011, based on the guidelines and voluntary standard, CPSC issued a federal regulation. CPSC's actions demonstrate a commitment to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on neck and waist drawstrings in upper outerwear, such as jackets and sweatshirts.

Consumer Contact: Vans Inc. at (800) 817-0618 anytime or online at and click on Recall Info for more information.

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Units: About 2,400

Description: This recall involves Vans’ AV Edict hooded jackets for boys. They were sold in boy’s sizes S, M, L and XL and made from black cotton or black canvas with a drawstring through the hood. “Vans®” is printed on a tab above the jacket’s left front pocket. An intertwined “AV” logo is embroidered in black beneath the lower right pocket and also appears on the jacket’s snaps. “Vans®,” “OFF THE WALL®” and an intertwined “AV” logo is sewn on a label inside neck of the jacket.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Remedy: Consumers should take the recalled jackets away from children and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund or for a repair.

Sold at: Vans stores nationwide and online at from September 2012 through September 2013 for about $90.

Importer: Vans Inc., of Cypress, Calif.

Manufactured in: India

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