Thrift shops ordered to stop selling drawstring clothes in children's sizes over choking hazards

Thrift stores across New York are being ordered

Thrift stores across New York are being ordered to stop selling drawstring clothes in children's sizes over safety concerns (Credit: News 12 Long Island)

HEMPSTEAD - Thrift stores across New York are being ordered to stop selling drawstring clothes in children's sizes over safety concerns.

Dr. Susan Katz, of Stony Brook Children's Hospital, says issues with the clothing have come from children getting drawstrings caught in bus doors and getting strangled going down slides.

New York law bans the sale of children's clothing up to size 12 with a drawstring around the neck. It also bans pants with drawstrings longer than 3 inches. But an investigation by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman found 90 percent of thrift shops in the state are still selling the potentially hazardous clothing.

Cease-and-desist letters were sent to the thrift shops, including a Salvation Army store in Hempstead that still had the banned clothing on the racks. The store's acting manager on duty tells News 12 Long Island they are short-staffed and have a lot of clothes to go through.

Stores that do not comply with the ban face a $5,000 fine.

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