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Cub Scout Wind Tech JacketThe Boy Scouts of America's Supply Group has learned that the cords with toggles in the Cub Scout Wind Tech Jacket (Item Nos. 73291, 73292, and 73293) may not meet Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) requirements for children's outerwear. No injury related to the product has been reported to us or to the manufacturer of the jacket, SOS Manufacturing, Inc. Nevertheless, out of an abundance of caution, the BSA is voluntarily recalling all youth sizes of the jacket in order to protect the health and safety of all those who participate in our programs and to fully comply with the CPSC's recently adopted rule on drawstrings.

The BSA is offering a full refund to consumers who have purchased any of the youth-sized jackets that are being recalled. Consumers may return the jacket to any Scout shop or directly to the BSA's National Distribution Center in Charlotte, N.C.

Shipping instructions for returns to the BSA's National Distribution Center:

1. If you originally purchased your jacket online, please include the original packing list and a list of the items you are returning. If you do not have the original packing list, please include your name, address, telephone number or email address, order number and order date.

2. If you originally purchased your jacket at a retail store, please include your original receipt and a list of the items you are returning. If you do not have your original receipt, please include your name, address, telephone number or email address, order number and order date.

3. If using the U. S. Postal Service, please send your jacket and the items listed above to: Boy Scouts of America, Attn: Return Goods/CS Jacket Recall, P.O. Box 7143, Charlotte, NC 28241-7143.

4. If using UPS or FedEx, please send your jacket and the items listed above to: Boy Scouts of America, Attn: Return Goods/CS Jacket Recall, 2109 Westinghouse Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28273.

Click here for a copy of the press release issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Additional details are available below in the FAQ section. For further information, please contact customerservice@scoutstuff.org.

Q & A

Q1: What exactly is the problem?

A1: The jacket is made with retractable cords with toggles in the waistband and the hood so that those openings can be adjusted by the person wearing the jacket. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has recently recalled similar products with cords on the basis that, such cords pose the same safety risks as drawstrings.  The CPSC has issued guidelines prohibiting drawstrings and recently adopted a rule that designates drawstrings on children's upper outerwear as a substantial product hazard.  Drawstrings can catch or become entangled with objects, such as a car door or playground slide, posing dragging, strangulation or entrapment hazards to children. 

Q2: Have any injuries related to the Cub Scout jacket been reported?

A2: No injury related to the Cub Scout jacket has been reported, nor has the CPSC specifically identified the Cub Scout Jacket as non-compliant. Nevertheless, the BSA decided to voluntarily recall all youth sizes of the jacket as a preventative measure to protect the health and safety of all those who participate in our programs and to fully comply with the CPSC's new rule on drawstrings.

Q3: In addition to the consumer recall, what other steps is BSA taking?

A3: BSA removed the products from sale on July 19, 2011. On or about the same date, BSA instructed the manufacturer to stop production of the products. BSA is currently reengineering the youth-sized product to eliminate all retractable cords with toggles from future styles. All appropriate design adjustments will be completed before manufacturing resumes.

Q4: How many of these products have been purchased? How long have they been manufactured?

A4: This recall involves approximately 5,400 jackets. However, more than half of those are in inventory that's never been distributed to consumers, either at the BSA's retail stores or at the BSA's distribution center. Less than 2,200 youth-size jackets have been purchased by consumers since the product was introduced in November 2009.

Q5: How did you discover this problem?

A5: The jacket was designed in 2009 with the retractable cords with toggles. In July 2011, when CPSC adopted the new safety rule regarding drawstrings, BSA re-evaluated the product's design.  At that time, BSA learned of a similar product sold by a different retailer that was the subject of a CPSC recall.  This product had retractable cords with toggles like the BSA jacket. Accordingly, BSA concluded that the CPSC may consider the cords with toggles constitute drawstrings.

Q6: Where was the product designed and manufactured?

A6: The product was designed in the USA by the BSA in conjunction with the supplier, SOS Manufacturing. The product was manufactured in China.

Q7: I have purchased one of these youth-size jackets. What should I do with the jacket?

A7: The BSA is offering a full refund to consumers who have purchased any of the youth-sized jackets that are being recalled. You may return the jacket to any Scout shop or directly to the BSA's National Distribution Center in Charlotte, N.C. Instructions for returning the product and obtaining the refund can be found at http://www.scoutstuff.org/retail/docs/jacket-recall.

Q8: I thought all Boy Scout merchandise was manufactured in the United States. Now you are going to China?

A8: The Boy Scouts of America seeks out the best suppliers of merchandise we can find, and our supplier, SOS Manufacturing, is an American company. In the modern world economy, the best suppliers may source some or all of their products from foreign manufacturers.

Q9: What can I do to ensure my child's safety?

A9: This is the BSA's first product recall in several years, and we are not aware of any injury resulting from use of this product. If you have any concerns about your child's safety in connection with the present matter, you may remove the retractable cords from the product or return the product to BSA for a full refund.

Q10: Will there be more recalls?

A10: We can only promise customers that we will remain vigilant in maintaining product quality and safety. With regard to the Cub Scout jacket in particular, BSA is currently reengineering the product to eliminate all cords with toggles from future styles. All appropriate design adjustments will be completed before manufacturing resumes. Once again, we are not aware of any illness or injury resulting from the use of this product.

Q11: How can I trust that other BSA products are safe?

A11: We can promise customers that we will remain vigilant in maintaining product quality and safety. Once again, we are not aware of any injury resulting from the use of this product.