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Flammable Clothing Recalls: Why They Matter

Tuesday, October 03, 2017By Nina Shapirshteyn

While it is expected that manufacturers of any product should strictly adhere to quality and safety standards, some products that have potential defects or are of low quality go unnoticed and reach the market, posing an inherent danger to consumers.

When this happens, it is essential that a recall be issued to minimize the risks and ensure the safety of customers. The sellers of the product, and its known customers need to be directly notified of the recall. Also, a notice must be made to the general media for a wider reach. This recall notice should contain information of the product’s potential defect, the danger it poses, and how customers can avail themselves of product repair, replacement, or refund.

In this regard, Kreative Kids is granting a full refund to its customers as the company recalls hooded robes for children with sizes 4-6 and 7-9. The products can be identified by the “Kreative Kids” trademark, and item number 2013NW081 on the label. From September 2013 to April 2017, the company has sold about 7,600 such items through Amazon and at gift shops in several states such as California, Iowa, New York, Ohio, and Texas.

According to the law, in Australia for instance, manufacturers of children’s nightwear and daywear must comply with clothing flammability standards. Children’s clothing must be made of materials that are of low fire hazard. They must not easily catch fire, or have a slower rate of melting once alight.

However, the mentioned recalled products failed to meet these flammability standards. The items were made of 100 percent polyester. Although polyester does not catch fire easily, once ignited, severe melting and dripping will occur.

This poses a high risk of burn injuries to children. As we all know, clothes are directly in contact with the body. As the material melts, it easily sticks to the skin and causes serious burns. This then may result in severe and long-term complications, such as scarring, permanent disabilities affecting the musculo-skeletal system, or in the worst case, death.

It is common knowledge that children are very prone to cause fire and incur burn injuries. At their early age, they are yet unable to discern the dangers of fire. Even when parents are extra careful in keeping them away from fire hazards such as heaters, candles, and matches, there is always the danger of a fire accident. In fact, in Australia, five children were hospitalized between 2005 and 2006, due to nightwear that caught fire and melted.

Product manufacturers must take responsibility for ensuring the safety of every consumer. When they don’t, the Alexander Law Group, LLP stands ready to hold them accountable. If you or a family member has been injured by a faulty product, Call us at 888-777-1776, or contact us online, for a free and confidential consultation.

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