Girl's Hooded Sweater Recalled by El Gringo Imports Due to Strangulation Hazard

Recall date:May 3, 2011
Product Category: Clothing

Girl's Hooded Sweater Recalled by El Gringo

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in cooperation with El Gringo Imports of Seattle , have recalled about 300 Girl's Hooded Sweater with Drawstring.The hooded sweaters have drawstrings through the hood which can pose a strangulation or entrapment hazard to children.
In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines (pdf), 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 and sweatshirts. No injuries have been reported.


This recall involves the products listed below:

The recalled product is a hand-knitted wool sweater with a hood in sizes 1 through 10. The sweater has a drawstring in the hood with multi-colored yarn tassels. The sweaters are multi-colored with a front zipper. "El Gringo Imports" is written on a black neck tag. The Girl's Hooded Sweater with Drawstring was sold at Pike Place Market in Seattle from November 2009 to August 2010 for between $20 and $25. The Girl's Hooded Sweater with Drawstring was manufactured in Ecuador.

What can you do and whom to contact

  • Consumers should immediately remove the drawstring from the sweatshirt to eliminate the hazard or contact El Gringo Imports for instructions on how to receive a full refund.
  • For additional information, contact El Gringo Imports toll-free at (877) 278-1434 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, visit the firm's website at or e-mail the firm at
  • Click here to see the official recall

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