Updated: 08/19/2014 10:52 AM
Created: 08/19/2014 4:14 AM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press
New York's attorney general has told 46 thrift shops, including five in Monroe County, to stop selling children's garments with drawstrings -- clothing prohibited in New York since 2003.
The letters follow a survey showing many thrift shops continued selling clothes considered a safety hazard because drawstrings can snag on cribs, playground equipment and vehicle doors.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says it has received reports of 26 deaths and 58 other incidents involving drawstrings on children's clothing from 1985 through April 2011.
Under New York law, it is illegal to sell any item of children’s clothing, up to and including size 12, with a drawstring at the neck.
Drawstrings are allowed at the top of a bottom garment or at the bottom of an upper garment in children’s clothing sized from 2T to 16, if the following conditions are met:
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says five local stores were found to be selling children's clothing with illegal drawstrings: