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CPSC Announces Voluntary Recalls to Repair Millions of Roman Shades and Roll Up Blinds by Multiple Firms

Release Date: December 01, 2010

Publicado Originalmente el 15 de diciembre del 2009, Revisado el 19 de octubre de 2011

La Comisión para la Seguridad de los Productos de Consumo de Estados Unidos (CPSC) anuncia que múltiples firmas están retirando del mercado millones de unidades de persianas y cortinas, incluyendo cortinas romanas y persianas enrollables. Estas persianas y cortinas presentan un grave peligro de estrangulación para niño(a)s pequeño(a)s.

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 UnitsSold At
Window Covering Safety CouncilAll Roman shades (25 million) and
Roll-up blinds (27 million)
Retailers nationwide
Walmart500,000 Roman shades
600,000 Roll-up blinds
Walmart stores and other retailers
JCPenneyMore than 2.2 million Roman shades
340 Roll-up blinds
Lotus and Windoware250,000 Roll-up blindsAce Hardware and Big Lots
All Strong Industry290,000 Roman shadesWalmart stores and other retailers
Pottery Barn Stores350,000 Roman shades
45,000 Roller shades
Pottery Barn Kids, Pottery Barn, and PBTeens
International Merchandise355,000 Roll-up blindsBig Lots
West Elm42,000 Roman shadesWest Elm's catalog and website
The Land of Nod2,000 Roman shadesLand of Nod Stores
Louis Hornick6,300 Roman shadesRoss stores
Draper1,800 Roman shadesSpecialty window covering dealers nationwide
American Vintage1,000 Horizontal blindsParamount Window Furnishings and Signature Window Coverings stores in Texas
Restoration Hardware Baby & Child4,600 Roman shadesRestoration Hardware Baby & Child stores and catalog
Lutron Electronics5,000 Roman shadesSpecialty Dealers and Expo Design Centers

240,000 Roman shades and Roll-Up blinds
3,200 additional units
Meijer Stores and
Ethan Allen163,000 Roman shadesEthan Allen Design Centers
Oriental Furniture25,000 Roman shades and Roll-Up,,
Blair5,600 Roman shadesBlair and other retail stores in Warren and Grove City, PA, Blair catalogs and website
IKEA3,360,000 Roman shades, Roller Blinds, and Roll-Up blindsIKEA stores nationwide
Chicology6,200 Roll-Up blindsOnline retailers including,,,,,, and
Smith+Noble1,160,000 Roman shades and 115,000 roller shadesSmith+Noble online at and catalog sales nationwide
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores1,800 Roll-Up BlindsJo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
Green Mountain Vista200,000 Roman shadesSpecialty home textile retail shops and mail order companies nationwide
Hanover Direct/Domestications495,000 Roman shades and 28,500 Roller/Roll-up blindsHanover Direct/Domestications, the Company Store/Company Kids; online at and; and through catalog sales nationwide
Lowe's6 million Roman shades and 5 million roll-up blindsLowe's stores and other retail stores; online at
Wm. Wright48,000 Roman shade make-it-yourself kitsWalmart, Jo-Ann Stores and other specialty textile and variety retail shops
The Shade Store45,000 cortinas romanasFive showroom locations and online at
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