Children’s clothing will soon be safer, according to German-based international research center Hohenstein Institute, now that the DIN EN 14 682:2015-03 standard for safety in children’s clothing, specifically cords and drawstrings has been revised to help prevent accidents caused by these items.
According to the European Commission, the category of clothing, textiles and fashion items was the product category that posed the second most frequent threat to the health and safety of consumers in 2014.
Clothing accidents, for example, can occur when cords and tapes become caught on ski lifts, bicycles or slides.
During the revision, changes were made to the areas of application, definitions and specifications for children’s clothing. Certain areas were also given better explanations, while others received strict regulations.
The following points were revised:
- The definition of the “hood, neck and upper chest area” has been changed to the “head, neck and upper chest area”
- Various definitions and paragraphs
- New images have been added to better demonstrate measuring procedures and specifications
The standard has been mandatory since the end of the transitional period in June. The research center warns if manufacturers do not comply with DIN EN 14 682, there is a chance their products will be recalled, leading to extremely high costs.
Hohenstein Institute says it has years of experience with this standard and fit testing for children’s clothing and can therefore offer assistance to manufacturers working to comply. It tests the safety of children’s clothes under this standard in individual tests and in combination with other product-specific tests.
Carnival and Halloween costumes, which often contain cords and ribbons can also be tested. However, these items aren’t the only ones that present a safety hazard. Costumes and other products are often recalled because they are highly flammable or contain harmful substances.