Health Canada, Gap Inc., and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) put out a joint recall today for babyGap Marrakesh and Gap Outlet Baby One-piece Bathing Suits due to a strangulation hazard. The swimsuits are available in infant sizes up to 24 months, and are made of a synthetic knit stretch fabric of polyester and spandex.
Approximately 460 of the recalled babyGap swimsuit and 23 of the recalled Gap Outlet swimsuit were sold in Canada. 5045 of the babyGap and 900 of the Gap Outlet swimsuits were sold in the United States and an additional 636 of the babyGap swimsuits were also sold online at www.gap.com (only in the United States).
The babyGap Marrakesh swimsuit is the blue and white print with style number 706260 and was sold from February 2010 to April 2010.
Gap Outlet baby one-piece swimsuit is the red and white print with style number 700452 and was sold from March 2010 to April 2010.
(Style numbers can be found on the inner side seam of each swimsuit.)
The bathing suits have halter straps and were manufactured too short which causes the plastic ring located at the neck of the swimsuit to press against the child’s throat and obstruct the airway, thus posing a strangulation hazard.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled swimsuits and return them to any babyGap, GapKids, Gap, or Gap Outlet store for a full refund. Consumers who return the swimsuits will receive a 20% off coupon for a regular-priced item.
If the swimsuit was purchased online, consumers are asked to contact Gap to return it by mail. For more information, consumers may contact Gap toll-free at 1-888-747-3704 between 9AM and 9PM ET Monday to Friday, and between 12PM and 7PM ET on Saturdays.