Two styles of pants sold in Sears stores have been recalled by the company and US Consumer Product Safety Commission following a safety scare involving ribbon belts.

The TKS-branded children's pants, imported by ES Sutton of New York, have ribbon belts at the waist that are longer than the maximum length set out in commission guidelines, posing an entrapment or entanglement hazard to children, a statement said.

Consumers have been told immediately to remove the belts from the pants, which come in denim and khaki styles and were sold in infant and toddler sizes. The pants were sold nationwide by Sears for about US$16 each between July and August this year.

No injuries have been reported.