Girls' Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Recalled by YMI Jeanswear Due to Strangulation Hazard; Sold Exclusively at dd's Discounts

The drawstrings at the hood of these girls’ sweatshirts can strangle children.

May 8, 2012
Release #12-168
Firm's Recall Hotline: (888) 394-1398


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: "YMI" girls' hooded sweatshirts with drawstrings

Units: About 500

Importer: YMI Jeanswear, of Los Angeles, Calif.

Hazard: The sweatshirts have drawstrings at the hood that pose a strangulation hazard to children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines about drawstrings in children's upper outerwear. In 1997, those guidelines were incorporated into a voluntary standard. Then, in July 2011, based on the guidelines and voluntary standard, CPSC issued a federal regulation. CPSC's actions demonstrate a commitment to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on neck and waist drawstrings in upper outerwear, such as jackets and sweatshirts.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Description: This recall involves girls' sweatshirts sold under the brand name "YMI Jeanswear." The sweatshirts have a front zipper and a fur-lined hood with a drawstring stitched to each side. "YMI" is printed on the label at the neck. The sweatshirts were sold in gray, purple, pink and black, with either a snowflake or a flower design on the front and back. A heart charm with "YMI" engraved on it is attached to the zipper. The recalled sweatshirts were sold in children's sizes six through 16.

Sold exclusively at: dd's Discounts stores nationwide from December 2011 through January 2012 for about $13.

Manufactured in: Cambodia

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled sweatshirt from their child and remove the drawstrings or return the sweatshirt to a dd's Discounts store for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, please contact YMI Jeanswear at (888) 394-1398 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at


Picture of recalled girls' hooded sweatshirt


Picture of recalled girls' hooded sweatshirt


Picture of recalled girls' hooded sweatshirt