Consumer Product Safety Commission announces safety recalls regarding products for children

by John Chapman

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) is the federal agency charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of consumer products. According to CPSC, deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. The CPSC recently announced several product recalls involving potential hazards to children.

Children’s Pajamas (Empress Arts)

The CPSC has announced the recall of Empress Arts children’s pajamas for failing to meet the federal flammability standards for children’s sleepwear. The CPSC reports the pajamas pose a risk of burn injuries to children.

The recall involves Empress Arts 100 percent cotton children’s two-piece pajamas sets, sold in boys and girls sizes 12 mos. to toddler size 4. They recalled pajamas were sold in children’s boutiques nationwide and online through the company’s website from December 2012 to April 2014. They were sold in four styles: Blue Dot, Blue Stripe, Pink Dot and Pink Floral. Consumers can find “Empress Arts” on a label at the back of the neck of the tops and the center back of the waist on the bottoms.

The CPSC states that consumers should take the pajamas away from children. The recalled pajamas may be returned to Empress Arts for a $36 online credit at plus free shipping. Empress Arts can be reached toll-free at (844) 295-8181 or online at

Bristle Builders for Toddlers Play Sets (Lakeshore Learning Materials)

The CPSC has also announced a recall of Lakeshore Bristle Builders® for Toddlers sold from December 2013 to April 2014 at Lakeshore Learning Materials’ retail stores and through Lakeshore’s website. According to the recall notice, the base of the three animal figures included in the play sets can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.

The recalled Bristle Builders® for Toddlers sets contain 52 plastic pieces consisting of building pieces and three animal figures. The animal figures include a yellow duck with a purple round base, a brown horse with a blue round base and a pink pig with a round green base. The building pieces include circle, rectangle, square and triangle-shaped pieces in different colors. Production number EC559597 is printed on the smooth side of the green baseplate included in the recalled sets.

The CPSC states that consumers should immediately take the animal figures away from children. Consumers should contact Lakeshore to receive a free replacement set of the three animal figures.

Baby Coveralls (J. Crew)

J.Crew Classic Stripe Baby Coveralls are being recalled because the snaps can detach and pose a choking hazard to young children. The recall includes all styles of J. Crew Holiday 2013 and Spring 2014 baby coveralls in sizes newborn to 3T.

The recalled coveralls were sold in various colors and designs including prints and stripes. They were sold in J.Crew stores in New York and California, online at and in the J.Crew catalog from October 2013 to March 2014 for about $30. A label sewn into the inside left seam of the garment reads either “HO’ 13” or “SP ’14,” and lists the PO number and style number.

The PO and style numbers included in the recall are:

  • PO number: 5046152, Style # 05578, SP’14
  • PO number: 5046153, Style #A3413, SP’14
  • PO number: 5046154, Style #A3415, SP’14
  • PO number: 5046155, Style #A3412, SP’14
  • PO number: 5046156, Style #A3390, SP’14
  • PO number: 5046157, Style #A3395, SP’14
  • PO number: 5046158, Style #A3388, SP’14
  • PO number: 8041216, Style #08664, HO’13
  • PO number: 8041362, Style #08661, HO’13

The CPSC states that consumers should immediately stop using the coveralls and contact J. Crew for full refund. J. Crew can be reached at (800) 261-7422 or online at and click on “Important Notice” for more information.

Get Help for Your Child from an Experienced Attorney

When children’s toys or clothing are not manufactured to meet the highest safety standards, serious injuries or death may result. Despite the efforts of federal regulators to protect young children and infants, thousands are hospitalized each year because of dangerous consumer goods.

If your child has been injured by a toy or other children’s product, you and your family are entitled ensure that the legal rights of your child are protected. The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have the knowledge, experience, and legal expertise to pursue personal injury or product liability claims against any company whose products may have caused serious injury or death to a child.

To find out more about how we can help with your child’s case, please call us toll-free at 1-877-446-9001 for a free legal consultation from our attorneys. You can also receive a free case evaluation by following the link to our free contact form on this website.

by John Chapman

John Chapman is a licensed attorney with experience in complex commercial litigation (including securities fraud, RICO, shareholder oppression, and derivative actions) and personal injury litigation.