Approximately 100,000 pairs of jeans that were purchased from Kenya and distributed by The Children’s Place in Secaucus, New Jersey, have been recalled by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The Baby and Toddler Boy Basic Stretch and the Straight Leg Jeans, both of which come in sizes from 6-9 months to 5T, are included in the recall.
The latter size has an elastic waist and is frequently made to fit diapers or pull-ups.
“Denim bottoms sold in The Children’s Place stores feature metal snaps that can detach posing a choking hazard to young children. Consumers should immediately take the recalled jeans away from children and return the jeans to any The Children’s Place Store for a full refund,” said the commission in a statement dated August 10.
The recalled jeans, which sold for about $25 per pair (or roughly Sh3600), were sold between September 2022 and June 2023 in Canada and US.
Possibility of harm
The metal snaps on the denim pants sold in The Children’s Place stores could be dangerous, which is what led to the change.
Uncertainty surrounds how the flaw managed to escape the scrutiny of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the American equivalent of the Kenya Bureau of Standards.
Nearly 1,000 Children’s Place locations can be found in both the United States and Canada.
Typically, the costs incurred by defective items are borne by the producer. Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which allows participating African countries to access the American market duty-free, the company imports goods from a number of countries, including Ethiopia, Djibouti, Lesotho, and Kenya.
“Kenya’s apparel sector has grown under AGOA with 36f firms and Sh25b in capital investmentt.”