Popular Children’s Pajamas Recalled For Failing Important Product Test

Paper Cape has issued a pajama recall for Classic Footless Pajama Sleepers and their Children’s Classic Pajama Sets, amounting to over 5,000 units.

By Tori Hook | Updated

Pajama recall

Featured in People, Romper, Motherly, and more, Paper Cape has quickly taken a top spot among children’s clothing brands, but they’re primarily known for their soft, classic pajama sets. However, their popularity has turned to notoriety, as the company recalled two of their most popular pajama sets after the products failed to meet federal flammability standards for children’s clothing. The pajama recall states that the clothing could present a risk of burn injuries for children, a risk many consumers will not take again the next time they purchase children’s clothing.

Paper Cape recalled both their Classic Footless Pajama Sleepers and their Children’s Classic Pajama Sets, amounting to over 5,000 units. The clothes are made of 100 percent Pima cotton, the American version of Egyptian cotton, which originates in the Nile River Valley. The species of cotton is considered one of the finest in the world, with superior breathability and a significantly higher longevity than others when used for clothing, a fact that Paper Cape took advantage of when labeling their pajamas “heirloom quality.”

The pajama recall has less to do with the quality of the products themselves than with its inability to pass the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s children’s sleepwear flammability standards. The CPSC states that all children’s sleepwear between nine months and size 14 must be able to resist an open flame for at least three seconds. If the clothing fails the test, it must be treated to be flame-resistant, a process that isn’t difficult but is not incredibly common.

Less than one percent of children’s sleepwear needs to be treated for flame resistance, so it’s understandable that Paper Cape would assume their product would pass. But that assumption will now cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars in product loss and refunds. Only time will tell if Paper Crane, already a new player in the children’s clothing scene, will recover from the pajama recall, as most of their publicity had been focused on their pajama sets.

According to the CPSC, consumers who have purchased either the Paper Cape Classic Footless Pajama Sleepers or the Children’s Classic Pajama Sets should immediately remove them from children’s access and stop using them. For a full refund or a store credit refund plus an additional 10 percent off the original price, consumers can destroy the pajamas by cutting them in half and then send Paper Cape a photo of the destroyed clothing. Paper Cape must receive proof of product destruction before issuing a refund.

Though there are no known incidents or injuries as a result of the burn risk of Paper Cape’s pajamas, the company is taking the recall very seriously. Their immediate response speaks highly of their care for both their customers and their product quality, and it’s clear that despite the pajama recall, they’re still a favorite children’s clothing brand for many shoppers. Only time will tell if Paper Cape will regain the success they saw with their pajama sets; after all, magazines might think twice before promoting a brand that didn’t pass flammability standards.