Originally issued December 15, 2009, Last Revised December 1, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is announcing that multiple firms are recalling millions of units of Window coverings, including Roman shades and roll-up blinds. These window coverings present a serious risk of strangulation to young children.
CPSC has received reports of five deaths and 16 near strangulations in Roman shades since 2006 and three deaths in roll-up blinds since 2001. Strangulations in Roman shades occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the back side of the blind or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck. Strangulations in roll-up blinds occur when the lifting loop slides off the side of the blind and a child's neck becomes entangled on the free-standing loop or if a child places his/her neck between the lifting loop and the roll-up blind material.
The recalled Roman shades and roll up blinds were sold by a variety of manufacturers and retailers, including major discount department stores, home improvement stores and window covering manufacturers and retailers. Remedies vary among firms from repair kits to refunds.
"Parents need to make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side, or back of their window coverings", said Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. "Avoid these deadly dangers by getting the repair kit or installing cordless window coverings in all homes where small children live or visit."
To help prevent child strangulation in window coverings, CPSC and the Window Covering Safety Council urge parents and caregivers to follow these guidelines:
- -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 recommends the use of cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit.
- Do not place cribs, beds and furniture close to windows with corded window coverings because children can climb on them and gain access to the cords.
- Make loose cords inaccessible.
- If the window shade has looped bead chains or nylon cords, install tension devices to keep the cord taut.
|Company (link to recall)||Number of Units||Sold At
|Window Covering Safety Council
||All Roman shades (25 million) and
Roll-up blinds (27 million)
||500,000 Roman shades
600,000 Roll-up blinds
|Walmart stores and other retailers
||More than 2.2 million Roman shades
340 Roll-up blinds
|Lotus and Windoware
||250,000 Roll-up blinds
||Ace Hardware and Big Lots
|All Strong Industry
||290,000 Roman shades
||Walmart stores and other retailers
|Pottery Barn Stores
||350,000 Roman shades
45,000 Roller shades
|Pottery Barn Kids, Pottery Barn, and PBTeens
||355,000 Roll-up blinds
||42,000 Roman shades
||West Elm's catalog and website
|The Land of Nod
||2,000 Roman shades
||Land of Nod Stores
||6,300 Roman shades
||1,800 Roman shades
||Specialty window covering dealers nationwide
||1,000 Horizontal blinds
||Paramount Window Furnishings and Signature Window Coverings stores in Texas
|Restoration Hardware Baby & Child
||4,600 Roman shades
||Restoration Hardware Baby & Child stores and catalog
||5,000 Roman shades
||Specialty Dealers and Expo Design Centers
|240,000 Roman shades and Roll-Up blinds
3,200 additional units
|Meijer Stores and Meijer.com
||163,000 Roman shades
||Ethan Allen Design Centers
||25,000 Roman shades and Roll-Up blinds
||www.orientalfurniture.com, www.amazon.com, www.overstock.com
||5,600 Roman shades
||Blair and other retail stores in Warren and Grove City, PA, Blair catalogs and website
||3,360,000 Roman shades, Roller Blinds, and Roll-Up blinds
||IKEA stores nationwide
||6,200 Roll-Up blinds
||Online retailers including Overstock.com, Bestwindowtreatments.com, Bedbathstore.com, Unbeatablesale.com, Bonton.com, Linensource.com, and Solutions.com
||1,160,000 Roman shades and 115,000 roller shades
||Smith+Noble online at www.smithandnoble.com and catalog sales nationwide
|Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
||1,800 Roll-Up Blinds
||Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
|Green Mountain Vista
||200,000 Roman shades
||Specialty home textile retail shops and mail order companies nationwide
||495,000 Roman shades and 28,500 Roller/Roll-up blinds
||Hanover Direct/Domestications, the Company Store/Company Kids; online at www.domestications.com and www.thecompanystore.com; and through catalog sales nationwide
||6 million Roman shades and 5 million roll-up blinds
||Lowe's stores and other retail stores; online at www.lowes.com
||48,000 Roman shade make-it-yourself kits
||Walmart, Jo-Ann Stores and other specialty textile and variety retail shops
|The Shade Store
||45,000 cortinas romanas
||Five showroom locations and online at www.theshadestore.com
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals - contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
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