Risk of Strangulation Prompts Recall to Repair Roll-Up Blinds by Chicology

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 15, 2010
Release #10-263
Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 999-6188
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Risk of Strangulation Prompts Recall to Repair Roll-Up Blinds by Chicology

Chicology has added its name to the retailers joining the voluntary recall 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: Roll-up blinds

Units: About 6,200

Importer: Chicology of Ontario, Calif.

Hazard: Strangulations can occur if 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.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Description: This recall involves the French Antique Gold, Zen Moss, Tropic Ginger, and Kansas White roll-up blind models. The roll-up shades are gold, green, tan and white and are made from natural fiber-paper, jute, and polyester.

Sold at: Online retailers including Overstock.com, Bestwindowtreatments.com, Bedbathstore.com, Unbeatablesale.com, Bonton.com, Linensource.com, and Solutions.com from April 2006 through March 2010.

Manufactured in: Taiwan

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the roll-up blinds and contact Chicology to obtain a free retrofit kit

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact the company toll-free at (866) 999-6188 or visit the company's website at www.chicology.com. You can also e-mail the company at info@chicology.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.

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