Children’s clothing a concern for market regulators

Children’s clothing a concern for market regulators

Posted: by Stericycle on Jul 03, 2019

The last week of June saw a flurry of urgent alerts over several items of children’s clothing – all because of ill-considered design.

No fewer than six items were recalled from the market and marked as items with serious risk on the European Union’s Safety Gate portal during that week. In every instance, a little design consideration would have prevented their removal from the market, avoiding unnecessary cost and effort.

The recalled items include a dress with a long, loose belt that hangs below the hem of the garment when untied, which could become trapped and cause injuries to a child, especially when playing. Similarly, a tee-shirt dress that has long cords designed to be tied at the back, could easily become ensnared on something, potentially leading to injuries.

Two bikinis were also withdrawn because of loose cords, one of which were found on the bikini top, the other on the bottoms – both of which could easily lead to injuries.

The injury risk presented by these garments presents an understandable risk, and while to some this might seem overly risk averse, the fact is these rules are often based on precedent.

All of which makes the recall of two items of children’s clothing because of a strangulation risk all the more concerning.

Two items in this period, a children’s shirt and a hooded blouse, were recalled because of the presence of drawstring cords around the neck. It doesn’t take much to imagine a scenario where a child playing could catch themselves on something. It’s a horrifying prospect.

Of course, having a recall partner in place for such occurrences is a tremendous aid in being able to swiftly take action if the worst does happen.

Most importantly, this situation is perhaps the perfect example of how prevention is better than a cure. By having measures in place to quickly and voluntarily remove products from the market, the harm created by a compulsory recall can be significantly limited – all of which is more crucial when there is risk of harm to children.