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Children's clothing with cords and drawstrings pulled off shop shelves

SPRING Singapore has ordered 28 children's clothing items with cords and drawstrings off the shelf and warned suppliers and consumers of the danger these may pose to the wearers.

In its latest round of checks on consumer products, SPRING tested samples of children's clothing from major and small retailers across Singapore. The tests focused on whether the cords and drawstrings of the apparels posed any danger of strangulation and entrapment.

Of the 110 samples tested, 28 did not meet safety requirements. Some had cords and drawstrings at the neck and hood area, while some cords and sashes were too long and might get entangled or caught in furniture or doors. SPRING has instructed the companies supplying the products to stop selling them and remove them from their shelves.

Anyone who continues to supply unsafe products may be liable to a fine of up to $10,000 or be jailed for up to two years, or both. So far, there has been no reports of incidents here involving cords and drawstrings in children's clothing. The full list of these products can be found at www.spring.gov.sg/children_apparel.