Big blind and shade recall
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Posted on December 15, 2009 at 10:06 AM
Tuesday, Dec 15 at 12:23 PM
The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of millions of shades and blinds from various companies because of strangulation hazards. This has been an ongoing problem for years. Since 2006 the CPSC has received reports of five deaths and 16 near strangulations.
The Window Covering Safety Council is asking anyone with roman shades or roll-up shades to call 1-800-506-4636 for a free repair kit.
The CPSC is also asking consumers to:
- Examine all shades and blinds in the home. Make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side, or back of the product. CPSC and the WCSC recommend the use of cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit.
- Do not place cribs, beds, and furniture close to the windows because children can climb on them and gain access to the cords.
- Make loose cords inaccessible.
It’s a good reminder that the cords on these window coverings have been known to strangle children. So be sure if you have anything like this in your house and especially if you have young children you read these recalls.
• 42,000 Roman Shades from West Elm
• 1,800 Roman Shades by Draper Inc.
• 350,000 Roman Shades and Roller Shades by Pottery Barn
• 355,000 Roll-up Shades by International Merchandise
• 250,000 Roll-up Shades sold at Big Lots and Ace Hardware
• 290,000 by All Strong Industry
• 1.1 million Roll-up Blinds by Wal-Mart
• 2.2 Million Roll-up blinds and Roman Shades by JCPenney