Popular fashion retailer H&M recently issued a recall on two sets of their children's pyjama sets due to concerns of fabric flammability.
H&M announced the recall on two sets of their children's line of pyjamas due to a violation from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, according to People. The U.S. Consumer Safety Commission's website listed the particular H&M pyjamas in question on their website as of July 25th.
Of the pyjamas, the website stated, "[they] fail to meet the flammability standard for children's sleepwear, posing a risk of burn injuries to children." The website went on to describe that both sets of the pyjamas that H&M sold were offered in sizes 2 through 10.
Product code 0494860 is a double set of pyjamas and described as a pink set of pyjamas featuring a cute dog face with a long-sleeved tong and solid-coloured pants. The other set is described as a long-sleeved gray top with a small pink heart, pink trim along with the neckline and pink polka-dotted pants.
Product 0537645 is a single pyjama set described as a white long-sleeved top with a sleeping cat face, pink trim along the collar and wrists and a pair of solid colour pink pants.
You may be wondering, what is the big deal behind recalling these adorable pajamas? If you've ever been out fabric shopping, you have probably seen a warning label on fabric stating something along the lines of "Not suitable for children's pajamas; not flame retardant." So, what's the deal?
Flame resistant and children's pyjamas are two phrases that must go hand in hand ever since the 1940s, if one does not want major backlash. This is because there was a major scandal around the '40s when clothing manufacturers would make sweaters and children's cowboy chaps (for playtime) out of rayon fabric.
As it turned out, rayon fabric would tragically ignite rather quickly while children were playing and cause fires. In 1953, a law was passed called the Flammable Fabrics Act which requires children's pyjamas and other materials to be made from flame-resistant fabric.
However, we're not sure if these recalled pyjamas are made from rayon, are only part rayon, or merely 1% rayon, or even none at all!
What do you think of this this recall and this strange this history lesson? Let us know in the comments!