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Burlington Fined $1.5M for Improper Recall

Baisha Kreuzer4 years ago

According to several news outlets, Burlington Coat Factory has been fined a total of $1.5 Million for allegedly continuing the sale of children’s clothing deemed hazardous by the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). However, according to a report written by the Washington Post, Burlington denies knowledge of their continued sale after the CPSC request of this recall, which would be a violation of federal law.

About the Recall

The hazard is a potential choking or strangling risk in children’s hoodies or jackets. In the early 1990’s, the CPSC began warning about the dangers of these drawstrings and the agency issued guidelines in 1996 for safety precaution. The guidelines then evolved into a voluntary standard in 2006 and required children’s upper outerwear inclusive of drawstrings to be deemed hazardous and unfit for children safety. Finally, in July 2011, the CPSC issued a federal regulation that drawstrings be banned from children’s upper outerwear.

According to the CPSC, Burlington Coat Factory housed 12 different brands and 10,000 units of hooded jackets and sweatshirts within its company and continued the sale, regardless of federal regulation.

Paying the Price

If the CPSC has deemed a product defective, federal law requires any retailer to report possession of said defective products housed in their company within a 24-hour time frame to the CPSC. Failure to comply is a high violation and results in costly settling charges. Burlington, regardless of its denial of knowledge of this violation, has agreed to pay the fine and comply with the CPSC law.

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