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Is it really 'against the law to have ribbons at the neck of a child's garment'???

(7 Posts)
Indiestarr Fri 12-Sep-08 09:17:41

Here's the background: a lady I know through work entered a knitted matinee jacket in a local craft show, and after the judging recieved a note back saying 'Well knitted garment, but for future reference please note that it is now against the law to have ribbons at the neck of a child's garment.'

OK, admittedly there's a safety issue and on reflection perhaps it was not the best choice of design, but 'against the law'? I can't find anything online to verify this and suspect an overzealous official has misinterpreted some guideline as being 'the law', but the lady in question is quite upset and I would like to clarify things for her one way or another. Has anyone ever heard such a thing and can they shed any light?

ChopsTheDuck Fri 12-Sep-08 09:20:22

did it have a hood?

Overmydeadbody Fri 12-Sep-08 09:21:06

maybe what she meant was that is was against the terms and conditions of the craft show?

FrazzledFairyFay Fri 12-Sep-08 09:23:10

I think it's probably 'against the law' to sell garments with neck laces/ribbons as they present a safety hazard (i remember there being a case of a child strangled on a slide by the toggle on his coat sad).

It is obviously also very unwise to put them in your handmade garments, but I can't find anywhere which says that is actually illegal to do so.

BoysAreLikeDogs Fri 12-Sep-08 09:24:18

here I haven't downloaded it to read but might help you

ChopsTheDuck Fri 12-Sep-08 09:28:14

I think that link refers to safety standards.

The relevant leglislations would be in either:
The Children’s Clothing (Hood cord regulations) 1976 or in The General Product Safety Regulations 2005 if it doesn't have a hood.

It is illegal to use cord or ribbon fastenings in hoods in garments with less than a 44" chest. I haven't read any case law but it looks like this would apply to her if she was planning to sell them, which would put her in the position of a producer.

Indiestarr Fri 12-Sep-08 10:08:51

That makes sense regards selling - I'll pass that info on.
Huge thanks!

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