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Roman Shades & Roll-Up Blinds Recall Lawsuit

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Breaking News: Lowe’s recalls shades & blinds nationwide – 2 children nearly strangled

December 1, 2010 – Attention parents: The following products have been recalled around the country because they may be hazardous to young children:
Roman shades and roll-up blinds sold by Lowe’s Home Centers, Inc., of Wilkesboro, N. C. and Lowe’s HIW, Inc., of Tukwila, Wash. In all, about 6 million Roman shades and about 5 million roll-up blinds are included in this recall.

What’s the Danger?

Each product involved in this recall poses a unique hazard to children:

  • Roman Shades: Strangulations can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the blind or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck.
  • Roll-Up Blinds: Strangulations can occur if the lifting loop slides off the side of the blind and a child’s neck becomes entangled on the free-standing loop or if a child places his/her neck between the lifting loop and the roll-up blind material.

Two children injured by defective shades

In November 2009, a 2-year-old boy from Arvada, Colorado was found with the inner cord wrapped around his arm and neck. In July 2010, a 4-year-old boy from Lexington, South Carolina suffered a rope burn to his neck after becoming entangled in the cord of a Roman shade. To date, no incidents have been reported related to roll-up blinds.

Window Blind Recall Update 9/6/12: Blind Xpress is now recalling approximately 139,000 custom-made vertical and 315,000 horizontal blinds after a 2-year-old girl reportedly strangled to death in one of the products.

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