Thrift stores found to be selling dangerous kids clothing

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says 46 thrift shops across the state, including seven in Western New York, have been selling dangerous illegal drawstring clothing.

A drawstring around the neck is illegal on kids clothing up to size 12. Drawstrings are allowed on Sizes 2T to 16 but they can’t hang more than three inches or cinch at the waist.

“The sale of children’s clothing with drawstrings has been illegal in New York for more than a decade – and that includes the sale of these items by thrift stores,” Attorney General Schneiderman explained. “No child should be put at risk simply because of the clothing that he or she is wearing. With these warning letters, we are sending a clear signal that thrift shops, like all retailers, must comply with the law – that they cannot sell clothing that puts children at risk of injury, strangulation and death. Beyond that, my office also hopes to also raise parents’ awareness of the serious dangers posed by children’s drawstring clothing.”

The state says the following is a list of the thrift shops that were found to be selling children’s clothing with hazardous, illegal drawstrings:

Erie County:
A King’s Ransom Thrift Shop, Blasdell
Once Upon A Child, Blasdell
Savers Thrift Store, Hamburg
Finders Keepers, Williamsville
Goodwill Store, Williamsville

Niagara County:
Kids Corner Clothing, Niagara Falls
Salvation Army Family Thrift Store, Niagara Falls

News 4 called all of these stores. All of the store owners or managers told News 4 the illegal clothing was taken off the floor and destroyed. Kathy owns Once Upon A Child, in Blasdell, and was shocked when she got a warning because she said she always puts children’s safety first.

“We immediately pulled them and took them off our sales floor,” said Kathy. “We pulled everything that had any ribbons, any strings… we do take children’s safety very, very seriously.”

If you want to find out more information about drawstring safety laws in the state or on a federal level, visit these two websites:

http://www.dos.ny.gov/consumerprotection/pdf/Drawstring_Safety.pdf

http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Business–Manufacturing/Business-Education/Business-Guidance/Drawstrings-in-Childrens-Upper-Outerwear/

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