WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is announcing an industry-wide recall covering roman-style shades and roll-up blinds to prevent the potential hazard of strangulation to young children.
Strangulation can occur when a child places his or her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the shade or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his or her neck. Strangulation can also occur if the shade's looped cord is not attached to the wall with a tension device and a child's neck becomes entangled in the free-standing loop.
About 42,000 Jute/Poly Roman Shades from West Elm are being recalled. This recall involves all sizes and colors of West Elm Jute/Poly Roman shades. An orange, black and white label located at the bottom edge of the shades warns that "Cords and bead chains can loop around child's neck and STRANGLE." They were sold in West Elm catalogs nationwide and through the firm's Web site at www.westelm.com from January 2005 through August 2009 for between $30 and $40. Stop using the recalled Roman shades and contact West Elm to arrange for free pick up of the shade. A merchandise card in the value of the purchase will be issued once the shade is received by the firm. Contact West Elm toll-free at (800) 492-1949 anytime, or visit the firm's Web site at www.westelm.com.
About 305,000 Roman shades and 45,000 Paxton Roller Shades from Pottery Barn , Pottery Barn Kids and PBTeens are being recalled. This recall includes about 85,000 Roman shades that were recalled on August 26, 2009. In June 2009, a three-year-old boy became entangled in the inner cord of a Roman shade while standing on his bed looking out of the window. The fabric liner covering the inner cords had detached exposing the inner cords. The child has recovered from the thin laceration around his neck. This recall involves all sizes and colors of Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, and PBteen Roman shades with and without fabric backing and the Paxton roller shades. The Roman shades have two labels;"Pottery Barn", "potterybarnkids" or "PBteen" is printed on the smaller label and the larger orange, black and white label warns that "Cords and bead chains can loop around child's neck and STRANGLE." The Paxton roller shades are made of solid fabric and have a metal rod at the bottom and a nylon operating cord. The Roman shades were sold exclusively through Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, and PBteen catalogs and online at www.potterybarn.com, www.potterybarnkids.com and www.pbteen.com from January 1998 through October 2009 for between $25 and $180. The Paxton roller shades were sold through the Pottery Barn catalog and online at www.potterybarn.com from January 2003 through October 2009 for between $100 and $120. Stop using the recalled Roman shades and contact Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, or PBteen to receive a free repair kit for these products. Consumers should immediately check the recalled roller shades to make sure the tension device provided is attached to the looped cord and installed into the wall. If not attached, consumers should immediately attach the tension device securely to the wall. If they no longer have the tension device, consumers should immediately stop using the roller shades and contact Pottery Barn to receive a replacement tension device. Contact Pottery Barn at (800) 492-1949 anytime, or visit the firm's Web site at www.potterybarn.com, www.potterybarnkids.com and www.pbteen.com.
About 355,000 Deluxe Matchstick Roll-up Shades made by International Merchandise and sold exclusively at Big Lots are being recalled. This recall involves Deluxe Matchstick Roll-Up Shades with widths of 24", 36", 48" and 72" by 72" long in a "natural" color that are suspended by two cord loops called lifting loops or inner cords. The inner cords are attached to the head rail on one end and on the other end they go through the head rail and a cord lock and end in a looped cord that is used to raise and lower the shade. Both the head rail and bottom rail are made of bamboo and there is a warning label near the bottom that advises: "Young children can become entangled and strangle in cord or bead loops." The blinds were sold at Big Lots nationwide from January 2009 through June 2009 for between $5 and $12. Stop using the roll-up shades and contact the Window Covering Safety Council at (800) 506-4636 anytime or visit www.windowcoverings.org.
Ace Hardware and Big Lots
About 250,000 ¼" Oval Roll-up Blinds made by Lotus & Windoware and sold exclusively at Ace Hardware and Big Lots are being recalled. This recall involves all roll-up blinds without release clips (see picture below). The roll-up blinds have plastic, ¼" oval-shaped slats, and measure either 48" or 72" long. The blinds were sold with two warning hang tags indicating ways to avoid strangulation. They were sold at Ace Hardware and Big Lots stores nationwide from January 1999 through April 2009 for between $6 and $20. Check the backside of the roll-up blinds to determine if they have release clips. If the roll-up blind does not have release clips, stop using the blinds immediately and contact the Window Covering Safety Council for a free repair kit at (800) 506-4636 anytime or visit www.windowcoverings.org.
All Strong Industry (sold at Walmart and other stores)
About 290,000 Roman Shades made by All Strong Industry (USA) Inc. are being recalled. In February 2007, a 16-month-old boy in Painesville, Ohio died after becoming entangled in the exposed cord on the backside of a Roman shade and strangled. The child was found face down under a corner of the shade pulled into his crib. This recall involves Roman shades distributed by All Strong Industry that are made of a white-on-white striped fabric and measure about 64 inches long and the width ranges between 23 and 39 inches. The head rail has a strangulation warning and a label stating "CF, Ching Feng Home Fashions Co.,Ltd.", "52% Cotton/48% Polyester", and made in either Taiwan, Thailand or China. "RN 103984" is printed on another sewn-in tag near the bottom back side of the fabric. They were sold at Walmart stores nationwide and other retailers from January 2003 through May 2005 for between $10 and $20. Stop using the recalled Roman shades immediately and contact the Window Covering Safety Council for a free repair kit at (800) 506-4636 anytime or visit www.windowcoverings.org.
About 1.1 million Roll-up Blinds and Roman Shades (600,000 roll-up blinds and 500,000 Roman shades) sold at Walmart stores are being recalled. No incidents or injuries have been reported involving Roman shades directly sold by Walmart. However, CPSC is aware of the death of a child from one of these Roman shades sold by another retailer. No incidents or injuries have been reported in roll-up shades. This recall involves all styles and sizes of fabric, bamboo and jute roll-up blinds and Roman shades. They were sold at Walmart stores nationwide and at www.walmart.com or www.samsclub.com from January 1999 through September 2009 for between $6 and $30. Stop using the Roman shades and the roll-up blinds and contact the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) for a free repair kit at (800) 506-4636 anytime or visit www.windowcoverings.org. Consumers with bamboo roll-up blinds should take the blinds to their Walmart store for a full refund. Contact Walmart at (800) 925-6278 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.walmartstores.com.
More than 2.2 million Roman Shades and about 340 Roll-Up Blinds from JCPenney are being recalled. The firm is aware of two incidents, in January 2009 and in August 2009, in which the same 2-year-old girl from Montgomery, Illinois was looking out the window when she became entangled in the cord found on the backside of Roman shades. In both incidents, the child's mother removed the loop that left a red mark from ear to ear. The child did not suffer permanent injuries. No incidents or injuries have been reported in roll-up shades. This recall involves all styles and sizes of Roman shades and roll-up blinds sold by JCPenney at JCPenney Stores, JCPenney Custom Decorating, Catalog and www.jcp.com since at least 1999 to October 2009 for between $10 and $500. Stop using the recalled Roman shades and roll-up blinds immediately and contact the Window Covering Safety Council for a free repair kit at (800) 506-4636 anytime or visit www.windowcoverings.org. For additional information, contact JCPenney toll-free at (888) 333-6063 anytime or visit the firm's Web site at www.jcp.com.