Child’s Death Prompts Recall of Roman Shades, Roll-Up Blinds, and Roller Blinds by Hanover
November 15, 2010 - Last week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of about 495,000 Roman shades, roll-up blinds and roller blinds imported by Hanover Direct Inc. The hazards involved include:
- 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 loops slide 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.
- Roller Blinds: Strangulations can occur if the blind's continuous loop bead chain or continuous loop pull cord is not attached to the wall or the floor with the tension device provided and a child's neck becomes entangled in the free-standing loop.
Incidents / Injuries
CPSC received a new report of the death of a 22-month-old boy who was found hanging by his neck from the outer pull cords of a Roman shade. He was rescued by his father but died later in the hospital. In March 2008, a 2-year-old boy from Ocean View, Delaware climbed up on a toy chest to look out of a window and became entangled in the inner cords of a Roman shade.
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. Click here to learn more.
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