Are these Kids’ Pajamas Safe?

By Thomas J. Brandi

For a number of years, we have often read of children being badly burned in house fires where their pajamas actually made the fire’s effects worse due to issues of flammability. As a result, consumer advocates fought very hard to toughened standards and remove the market unsafe pajamas, greatly reducing the serious injuries from flammable material in children’s pajamas. (See 16 CFR PARTS 1615 and 1616 of the Flammable Fabrics Act; Children’s Sleepwear)

The standards require that children’s sleep wear must be flame resistant and self extinguish if flame from a candle, match, lighter, or similar item causes them to catch fire and covers children sizes from 9 months to Size 14.

However, this fight continues and vigilance is necessary. Thanks to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) another unsafe product placing children at risk has been was recalled (http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12053.html)

On December 8, 2011 The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in cooperation with Bliss Collection LLC dba Bella Bliss of Lexington, Ky. recalled children’s pajamas because “The pajamas fail to meet the federal flammability standards for children’s sleepwear posing a risk of burn injury to children.” The pajamas were sold on line and at specialty retailers from January 2008 through June 2011 and were made in Peru.

Look in the drawer in the kid’s room to see if they have Children’s Henley Pima Cotton Pajamas. The pajamas are a two-piece, cotton sleepwear set sold in sizes 2 to 12 and come in white, blue, pink or red. “Bella Bliss” is written on the neck tag.  If you find them in the drawer, in the wash, or under the bed, you should return them to the retailer for a refund, exchange, or store credit.

Earlier this year, Fashionviews recalled 4000 pairs of P.Jamas sleepwear made in Peru and Bolivia. The CPSC cited evidence that they failed to meet standards for flammability, which could be a hazard to children wearing the clothing. The sleepwear included in the recall are nightgowns, as well as two-piece shirts/pant sets in sizes XS-XL. A label on the sleepwear prints the brand-name “P.Jamas” in blue lettering, which is sewn into the back of the garments. The sleepwear is made of 100% cotton and comes in pastel colors in stripes and other patterns. They were distributed to boutique shops we well as on the company’s website between 2006 and 2010.

The Brandi Law Firm has represented numerous families suffering burn injuries and unsafe products. For more information, contact Thomas J. Brandi at www.brandilaw.com.