The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. has agreed to pay a $450,000 civil penalty to resolve allegations by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The CPSC said the firm knowingly did not report to the commission in a manner required by federal law that its children’s hooded jackets and sweatshirts were sold with drawstrings through the hood, a news release from the CPSC stated.
Upper outerwear with drawstrings poses a strangulation hazard to children, according to the release.
There were three recalls in 2010 for children’s jackets and sweatshirts with drawstrings through the hood, and Bon-Ton was a retailer of about 800 of the garments in the recalls, the release stated.
As part of agreeing to the settlement, Bon-Ton denies the allegations that it knowingly violated the law.