Window Blinds - Product Recall

Filed under: Alerts & Recalls

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the recall of about 692,400 Roman Shades and Roll-Up Blinds sold at Cost Plus and World Market stores nationwide. These shades and blinds have looped pull cords and exposed inner and lifting cords that present a strangulation hazard to young children.

No incidents or injuries have been reported with these particular roll-up blinds and shades, but CPSC is aware of the death of a child who became entangled in the lifting cord of a different brand of roll-up blind. In addition, there have been at least two deaths in the past involving exposed inner cords on various styles of roman shades.

This recall involves different styles of shades. A small tag on the back of the Canvass and Sari Roman Shades states "World Market Cost Plus, Inc., Oakland, CA 94607, Made in India, 100% Cotton."

Canvass Roman Shade - available in four different sizes (4'x 6', 5'x 6', 2.5' x 6' and 3'x 6') with SKU numbers 376983, 376984, 376985, 384870;

Sari Roman Shade - available in two colors (berry and chocolate) with SKU numbers 394700, 394701;

Buddha or Floral Matchstick Blinds - SKU numbers 407376, and 407221.

In addition, this recall involves other styles of wooden roll-up blinds, with or without valances, that have the following SKU numbers: 404991, 404992, 404993, 400742, 499743, 400744, 400745, 400746 and 358064, 358065, 358066, 358067, 358068. Visit the CPSC Website for more photos of the recalled blinds and shades.

These were made in India and China for Cost Plus Inc., of Oakland, California and sold at Cost Plus and World Market stores nationwide from February 2006 through August 2008 for between $25 and $60 each.

If you have one of the recalled blinds or shades, you should immediately stop using it and return it to any Cost Plus/World Market store to obtain a full refund. For more information, contact Cost Plus by calling (877) 967-5362 between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. ET daily, or by visiting their Web site.

Even if you don't have these particular blinds or shades in your home, CPSC reminds parents and caregivers to take a look at their window coverings to make sure there are no looped pull cords, exposed inner cords, or exposed lifting loops.

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