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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.

 

Brent Burkey

Brent Burkey

Brent Burkey covers York County, agribusiness, energy and environment, and workforce issues. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at brentb@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @brentburkey.

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