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Bon-Ton to pay $450K civil penalty over drawstring allegations

By , - Last modified: December 17, 2012 at 11:55 AM

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.

Bon-Ton has its corporate offices in York County and Milwaukee. Shares are traded on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol BONT.


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