|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26, 2009
Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 583-9845
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Risk of Strangulation Prompts Recall to Repair Victoria Classics Roman Shades; Sold Exclusively by Target Stores
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Thermal Sailcloth and Matchstick Bamboo Roman Shades
Units: About 163,000
Importer: Victoria Classics of Edison, N.J.
Hazard: Strangulations can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the blind or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck. Exposed operating cords can knot or tangle creating a strangulation loop.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: This recall includes two styles of shades - Thermal Sailcloth and Matchstick Bamboo roman Shades - all have a small sewn-in label on the back that reads "home, Made in China." The shades measure about 64 inches long. The widths of the thermal shades are 23, 27, 31 and 35 inches and were sold in coffee, red, ivory and tan. The widths of the Matchstick roman shades are 23, 27, 31, 35 and 36 inches and are brown.
Sold at: Target stores and at Target.com nationwide from September 2008 through June 2009 for between $15 and $40.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled roman shades and contact Victoria Classics to receive a free repair kit.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Victoria Classics toll-free at (800) 583-9845 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET daily, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.victoriaclassics.com
Note: CPSC reminds consumers to examine all Roman Shades and Roll-up blinds in their homes. If looped pull cords, exposed inner cords, or exposed lifting loops are found and children are in the home or occasionally visit your home, please consider replacing the blinds or shades with products that do not have exposed pull cords or inner cords.
Conumers can also view a video clip (transcript) about this recall. This is in "streaming video" format.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov
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