|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 30, 2011
|Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 545-5740
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Wm. Wright Co. Recalls Roman Shade Kits due to Risk of Strangulation
Wm. Wright has added its name to the manufacturers and retailers joining the voluntary recall announced in December 2009 of ALL Roman shades and roll-up blinds.
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: Roman shade make-it-yourself kits
Units: About 48,000
Manufacturer: Wm. Wright Co., of Antioch, Tenn.
Hazard: Strangulations can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the shade, or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: This recall involves all Wrights® “my home make-it-yourself” Roman shade kits with item numbers 1451007001, 1451008001 or 1451008001A. The kit fits windows of a maximum size of 48” W x 60” L. It includes 15 yards of Roman shade tape, 15 yards of drapery cord, 4- inch “L” brackets, 18 screws, one cord cleat and instructions. The item number and “Wm. Wright Co.” can be found on the back of the package.
Sold at: Walmart, Jo-Ann Stores and other specialty textile and variety retail shops nationwide from December 2007 through June 2011 for between $20 and $25.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the Roman shades and contact Wm. Wright for a free repair kit including a fabric voucher, new instructions and warning tags. Unused kits should be returned to place of purchase for a redesigned kit.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Wm. Wright toll-free at (800) 545-5740 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.simplicity.com
Note: Examine all shades and blinds in your home. Make sure there are no accessible cords on the front side, or back of the product. CPSC recommends the use of cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit.
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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