November 17, 2005

American Public Company Announces Recall of Boy’s Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Sold by J.C. Penney

Name of Product: Hooded Sweatshirt with Drawstring

Units: About 3,400

Importer/Distributor: American Public Co., of New York, N.Y.

Hazard: The hooded sweatshirts have drawstrings, posing a strangulation hazard to children. In February 1996, the CPSC issued guidelines to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on the neck and waist drawstrings of upper garments such as jackets and sweatshirts.

Description: The recalled sweatshirts were sold in navy and burgundy, and in youth sizes (S, M. L, and XL). The RN Number is 90614, which is located on the collar tag. “A.P.C.O.” is a label stitched on the inside of the hood and “Artic Zone” is stitched on the outside of the sweatshirt.

Sold at: Exclusively through J.C. Penney’s Catalog and Web site from June 2005 through August 2005 for about $25.

Manufactured in: Pakistan

Remedy: Consumers should remove the drawstring to eliminate the hazard. In addition, J.C. Penney will also notify all known purchasers by mail to remove the drawstring from the sweatshirt.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, consumers can contact J.C. Penney toll-free at (800) 222-6161 anytime, or visit the Web site at http://www.jcpenney.net/guide/safety/index.htm