The Boy Scouts of America, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, has issued a voluntary recall of the blue Cub Scout Wind Tech jacket in youth sizes only.
The jackets have retractable cords with toggles at the hood/neck area and at the waist, 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.
Drawstrings can catch or become entangled with objects, such as a car door or playground slide, posing dragging, strangulation or entrapment hazards to children.
No injuries related to the Cub Scout jacket have been reported, nor has the CPSC specifically identified the Cub Scout jacket as non-compliant. However, BSA decided to voluntarily recall all youth sizes of the jacket as a preventative measure to protect the health and safety of all those who participate in our program.
Approximately 5,400 jackets were manufactured in China and imported to the United Stats. The jackets were sold by Boy Scouts of America retail outlets nationwide and online at http://www.scoutstuff.org/ from November 2009 through July 2011 for approximately $32.
BSA is offering a full refund to consumers who have purchased the recalled jacket. Instructions for returning the product and obtaining the refund can be found at http://www.scoutstuff.org/retail/docs/jacket-recall.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on www.saferproducts.gov
Under federal law, it is illegal to attempt to sell or resell this or any other recalled product.