Children’s clothing and textiles can pose real risk to consumers

Children’s clothing and textiles can pose real risk to consumers

Posted: by Stericycle on Oct 04, 2019

Two major UK brands have implemented a recall of baby sleeping bags amid fears they could increase the risk of cot death. Sainsbury's and subsidiary Argos have taken the action, urging consumers to return the items, which are sold under the Tu clothing brand.

The concern is that sleeping children could overheat in the bags – despite having a tog rating of 0.5 to 1, it is understood the actual tog rating of the sleeping bags is higher.

This particular issue highlights the risks potentially posed by clothing, textiles and fashion items. Over the past four weeks, EU's Safety Gate – the Rapid Alert System for dangerous non-food products – has logged a number of recalls relating to the category.

In total, there were 15 across the four-week period – all of which were deemed to be serious risks. Among those 15 notifications are a range of risk types. For example, one children's tracksuit – manufactured in Pakistan – has been withdrawn from the market as the drawstrings in the waist area are too long, posing a risk of injury.

Drawstrings are frequent mentioned in these reports, and indeed in the last four weeks almost all clothing notifications issues relate to cords or drawstrings – whether located in the waist area or in the neck, where they present a strangulation risk.

The remaining notifications related to children’s sandals which were deemed to pose a chemical risk. Produced in Tunisia, the leather in the straps was found to contain an excessive amount of chromium VI - which may trigger allergic reactions. The product was ordered to be destroyed, withdrawn from market and recalled from end users.

From clothing to sleeping bags to footwear, we see that a real variety of clothing and textile types can be susceptible to health and safety risks. It is vital that all manufacturers work as hard as possible to eliminate these potential risks, helping put people’s minds at ease about products they cannot live without.