Thrift shops warned about drawstring kids' clothes

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:

  • The drawstring is attached to the garment at its midpoint, so it cannot be fully pulled to one side, thus making it a hazard.
  • The ends of the drawstring measure no more than three inches from the point where the drawstring exits the garment to the tip of the drawstring, measured while the garment is expanded to its fullest width.
  • No toggles, knots, or attachments can be placed at the ends of the drawstrings other than a standard metal or plastic sheath covering on the end to prevent fraying.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says five local stores were found to be selling children's clothing with illegal drawstrings:

  • ABVI-Clinton Goodwill in Rochester
  • Matthew’s Closet in Rochester
  • Salvation Army on East Ridge Road
  • Salvation Army on Elmridge Center Drive
  • Volunteers of America in Rochester

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