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The North Face’s Strangulation-Risk Hoodie Leads Trio of Recalls

The North Face recalled a popular clothing item in Ireland this week due to fears of strangulation, just one of three recent recalls targeting apparel failing to meet safety standards.

Ireland’s Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) recalled the Teens’ Oversized Hoodie related to a risk of strangulation as the product features drawstrings with free ends in the hood; the drawstrings can become trapped during routine activities that increase the risk of strangling the wearer.

The North Face’s recalled Teens’ Oversized Hoodie. Courtesy of The Office for Product Safety and Standards

The product code is 7X4U and was available for purchase from July 2022. There are approximately 68 affected products in the Republic of Ireland.

The North Face is asking customers to return the product to their place of purchase for a full refund. The VF Corp. brand can also arrange for collection for consumers who request this option.

The U.K. Office for Product Safety and Standards also issued a recall notice for the product, stating that the hoodie doesn’t meet the requirement of the General Product Safety Regulations 2005.  

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“Wearer safety is top priority for The North Face,” the company said on its U.K. website. “We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Across the pond, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled a children’s pajama set by U.K. brand Selfie Craft Company that violates federal standards for flammability and burn hazards.

Recalled Selfie Craft Co. pajama set in Birthday Boy. Courtesy of the CPSC

The pajama sets fail to meet flammability standards for children’s sleepwear and thus pose a risk of burn injuries to children. Approximately 38,740 units were sold, made of 95 percent polyester and 5 percent elastane with ribbed cuffed wrists and ankles, manufactured by Last Word Apparel LTD dba Selfie Craft Company of the United Kingdom. They were sold for ages 3 through 12 in 26 designs. No incidents or injuries have been reported.

Consumers should immediately take the recalled pajama sets away from children and contact the Selfie Craft Company. The CPSC said that customers are to destroy the recalled pajamas by cutting them in half vertically and submitting a photo of the damaged pajama set to Selfie Craft Company for a full refund. Selfie Craft is contacting all known purchasers directly.

Also in North America, Health Canada has recalled certain clothing items sold at discount chain store Giant Tiger due to the presence of mold. The consumer product recall was flagged on Jan. 12 and involved various winter gear, sleepwear and robes.

Giant Tiger issued a voluntary recall of its Men’s Ski Pants due to product issues discovered during the receiving process on Dec. 16, 2022.

Recalled pajamas from Giant Tiger. Courtesy of Health Canada

“As our customer health and safety is our number one priority, we have been working closely with our vendor and Health Canada,” Giant Tiger said in a statement. “If you have previously purchased from Giant Tiger the recalled products, you may return for a full refund.”

The company reported that 4,511, 970, 637 and 1,675 units of the affected sleepwear, robes, Pajar ski pants and men’s ski pants, respectively, were sold in Canada from August through December 2022. The affected sleepwear and men’s ski pants were manufactured in Bangladesh. The affected robes and Pajar ski pants were manufactured in China. As of Dec. 21, 2022, the company has received no reports of incidents and no reports of injury in Canada.

None of the companies immediately responded to Sourcing Journal’s request for comment.