Burlington Coat Factory to pay $1.5M fine

Posted: July 28, 2012

WASHINGTON - Burlington Coat Factory will pay $1.5 million to settle government allegations stemming from the sale of children's clothing with drawstrings.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said the civil penalty resolves allegations that the Burlington-based company failed to report immediately that it had sold children's sweatshirts and jackets with drawstrings at the neck. It also settles charges that Burlington knowingly sold or had in store inventories of many of those clothes after they had been recalled.

The fine is the biggest civil penalty the CPSC has assessed for violations involving children's upper outerwear with drawstrings, the commission said.

Burlington denies that it knowingly violated the law.

The CPSC passed a rule last year designating most drawstrings in children's upper outerwear as hazardous. Before that, the industry had voluntary standards warning about drawstring dangers.

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