Strangulation Hazard Leads to Blind Recall

by: Prince, Glover & Hayes Monday, December 28th, 2009

The government and the widow covering industry on Tuesday, December 18, 2009, recalled more than 50 million Roman-style shades and roll-up blinds because of the risk children may be strangled by the cords.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said five deaths and 16 near-strangulations from Roman shades have been reported since 2006, while three deaths connected to roll-up blinds have been reported since 2001.

Roman shades can become dangerous, the CPSC said, if a child’s neck gets tuck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the blind, or if the cord gets wrapped around a child’s neck.

Roll-up blinds pose a strangulation threat if the lifting loop slides off the side of the blind and a child’s neck becomes entangled on it, or if a child neck’s get between the lifting loop and the roll-up blind material.

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