Recall: All Roman Shades, Roll-Up Blinds

Filed under: Alerts & Recalls

Roman shades (left) and roll-up blinds (right) pose strangulation hazard. Credit: CPSC

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) have announced an industry-wide voluntary recall to repair ALL Roman shades and roll-up blinds, to prevent the risk of strangulation to young children.

According to the CPSC, five deaths and 16 near-strangulations have been reported from Roman shades since 2006, while three deaths have been reported from roll-up blinds since 2001. The agency advises that Roman shades can cause strangulation if a child's neck get stuck between the inner cord and fabric on the back side of the blind, or if the cord gets wrapped around the neck. Strangulations in roll-up blinds can occur when the lifting loop slides off the side of the blind and the child's neck becomes entangled, or if the child's neck gets between the lifting loop and the roll-up blind material.

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The CPSC estimates that five million Roman shades and three million roll-up blinds are sold each year. The recalled shades were sold by a wide variety of manufacturers and retailers, including Walmart, JCPenny, West Elm, Pottery Barn and The Land of Nod. View the current list of companies participating in the voluntary recall.

Consumers can obtain free retrofit kits for Roman shades and roll-up blinds at www.windowcoverings.org, or by contacting the Window Covering Safety Council at 800-506-4636.

The CPSC and WCSC announced their cooperative effort to protect children from window covering pull cord hazards in 1994, and have been working together since to develop safer product designs and alert parents to the associated dangers. To help prevent child strangulation in window coverings, consumers are advised to replace all window coverings made before 2001 with today's safer products, and parents and caregivers are urged to only use cordless window products in homes with young children.

In addition, the following guidelines are recommended to maximize window cord safety when young children are present:

• 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 and the WCSC recommend the use of cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit.

• Do not place cribs, beds, and furniture close to the windows 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.

To report an incident or injury related to this product recall, or another hazard involving these products, you can use the CPSC's online consumer product incident report form.

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