Over the past two months, 35 cases of clothing products exported by China have been recalled by CPSC and REPAX of the United States, of which 28 cases (80%) are related to the safety of children's clothing ropes, mainly because of asphyxiation or pulling injury.
The main rope belts in clothing are belts, ties, bows, buckles, etc. For children's clothing, improper design of rope belts has potential safety hazards. The main manifestations are as follows: firstly, the rope of children's clothing head and neck may be strangled and suffocated by unconscious entanglement or accidental hooking to children, especially infants. For example, when children slide down the slide, the loop or knot on the rope will trip in the gap at the top of the slide. When a child is pulled by a rope and suspended on a slide, the pulling rope will make the coat tightly wrap around the neck, leading to asphyxia of the child; secondly, the excessive length of the rope in the chest, waist and other parts of the child's playing process may cause hooking injury to the child due to accidental hooking.
Developed countries such as Europe, America and Japan have issued relevant mandatory regulations for the potential harm of children's rope, such as the EU EN 14682 Standard "Children's Clothing Safety Rules - Children's Clothing Ribbon", "Guidelines for the Tightening of Children's Tops" issued by CPSC, and "Japan Textile Industry Responsibility Law for Products" issued by Japan. All have made clear requirements for the safety of children's clothing rope belt.
For this reason, Wujiang inspection and quarantine department put forward suggestions: first, pay attention to the laws and regulations of exporting countries, follow up the latest changes of laws and regulations in time, avoid foreign notifications, export returns and trade claims caused by rope safety hazards; second, establish risk prediction system, implement risk assessment on product design samples, and strictly control products. The development process reduces the quality out of control or violation of foreign technical regulations due to design errors. Thirdly, it is suggested that the relevant regulatory authorities in China should improve the requirements of children's clothing rope, standardize the manufacturing behavior of domestic production enterprises, and ensure the safety and health of children and infants in China.
Source: China Daily