Most people don't consider their window blinds to be baby products, but if you've got window coverings in your home that have cords of any sort, you'll want to pay attention to this new round of recalls. Several styles of window blinds have been recalled recently because babies or small children can become entangled in exposed cords, which poses a strangulation hazard.
There are some specific brands that have been recalled, which I will list below. However, CPSC and the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) have also issued a new warning to repair all roll-up and Roman shades. While most parents are aware now of the risks of the pull cords on window shades, and that those cords are not to be looped, these new warnings actually cover the inner cords that can be pulled out from the shade itself.
According to CPSC, Roman shades have been responsible for 5 strangulation deaths and 16 near-strangulations since 2006, and roll-up shades have been responsible for 3 deaths since 2001. WCSC will provide a repair kit if you have these types of window coverings in your home. Call 800-506-4636 for more information.
Recent Roman Shade and Roll-Up Blinds Recalls
- Louis Hornick & Co. Roman Shades Sold at Ross
- Draper Inc. Roman Shades
- Roman & Roller Shades Sold at Pottery Barn, PBTeen, Pottery Barn Kids
- Matchstick Roll-Up Shades Sold at Big Lots
- Roll-Up Blinds Sold at Ace Hardware & Big Lots
- Strong Industry Roman Shades Sold at Walmart
- Roman Shades & Roll-Up Blinds Sold at Walmart
- J.C. Penney Roman Shades & Roll-Up Blinds