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Children's Jackets with Drawstrings Recalled Due to Strangulation Hazard

About 210,000 children's jackets with drawstrings, manufactured by GTM Sportswear Inc., have been recalled. The children's jackets have drawstrings through the hood which can pose a strangulation hazard to children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines (which were incorporated into an industry voluntary standard in 1997) to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on the neck and waist drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets or sweatshirts. No incidents or injuries have been reported.

This recall involves children's hooded nylon jackets in sizes XXS-XL (2T-16) and in various colors. "GTM Sportswear" is printed on a label sewn in the neck of the garments. Styles include Youth Medalist Jacket (YJA180), Youth Legacy Jacket (YJAPT01), Youth Eclipse Jacket (YLJA186), Youth Dominator Jacket (YJA3800), Youth Booster Jacket (YJA150), Youth Achiever Jacket (YJA161).

The recalled jackets were sold at GTM Sportswear, K-State Super Store, and Cats Closet stores in Kansas, other customer screen print and embroidery stores nationwide, on the Web at www.gtmsportswear.com, www.kstategear.com, www.catscloset.com and www.justforkix.com and in GTM Sportswear and the Just for Kix catalogs from January 2003 through December 2009 for between $25 and $30.

Consumers should immediately remove the drawstrings from the jackets to eliminate the hazard or return the jackets to their place of purchase or to GTM Sportswear for a full refund.

For additional information, contact GTM Sportswear at (800) 437-9560 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, and on Saturday between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., or visit the firm's Web site at www.gtmsportswear.com.

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled product, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10130.html.

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