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Window blinds and shades recall

Six companies have recalled millions of window blinds and shades after three children died from being entangled in their cords,  the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday.

The recall includes about 4.2 million roll-up blinds and 600,000 Roman shades imported by Lewis Hyman Inc., of Carson, Calif. The Roman shades were sold exclusively at Target stores nationwide and on Target.com from March 2006 through December 2008. The roll-up blinds were sold at retail stores nationwide from January 1999 through December 2003.

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The CPSC said that in November 2007, a 1-year-old boy from Norridgewock, Maine, became entangled and strangled in the loop of a roll-up blind that had fallen into his crib. In October 2008, a 13-month-old boy from Conway, Ark., was found with his head between the inner cord and the cloth on the backside of a Roman shade.

The cord strangled the child after it looped from ear to ear. The recall also includes 15,400 horizontal blinds, 16,400 vertical blinds and 800 cellular shades made by Vertical Land of Panama City Beach, Fla., and sold in Vertical Land stores in Panama City and Pensacola, Fla., from January 1992 through December 2006.

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The CPSC said that in May 2006, a 4-year-old girl from Pensacola, Fla., was strangled in the loop of a vertical blind cord.

The CPSC said a strangulation risk prompted the recall of blinds and shades sold in such stores as IKEA, Expo Design Centers and Pottery Barn Kids.

Photo courtesy of TrekkyAndy @ Flickr.

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