Government Saves 140,000 Children From…One Faulty Zipper

But... choking!


Laputin / Dreamstime

From the Consumer Product Safety Commission's daily update (boldface mine):

Recall Date: March 11, 2015

Kid's Korner Children's Zipper Hooded Sweatshirts Recalled by Kroger Due to Choking Hazard

Hazard: The sweatshirt zipper pull can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.  

Remedy: Refund

Consumers should immediately take the sweatshirt away from young children and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers without a sales receipt will be refunded current retail price.

Recall Details

Units: About 140,000

Description: This recall involves Kids Korner brand boy's, girl's and toddler's cotton/poly blend fleece zipper hooded sweatshirts with a front zipper, two front pockets and knit ribbing around the wrists and waist. The sweatshirts were sold in 62 different prints and solid colors in infant, toddler to children's size 4.

Incidents/Injuries: Kroger has received one report of a zipper pull detaching from the sweatshirt. No injuries have been reported.

Sold at: Dillons, Fred Meyer, King Soopers Marketplace, Kroger, Smith's and Fry's Marketplace and other stores nationwide from June 2014 through February 2015 for between $8 and $10.


Clearly, no price is too high if it saves a child from the looming menace of a 1 in 140,000 chance that a zipper pull might detach.