Millions of Blinds Recalled After Reports of Injury, Death

If you own roll up blinds or roman shades please check them to ensure that children cannot become entangled in their cords and drawstrings. The CPSC has issued a massive recall of Roman and roll-up blinds. The recall may affect upwards of eight million households.

Reports of five deaths and 16 near strangulations have been reported over the last three years. The mounting injuries and deaths have prompted the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Window Covering Safety Council to recall millions of blinds.

The two agencies have issues the following tips to homeowners. If there are ever children in your home please use the following guidelines to protect them:

  • Examine all shades and blinds in the home. Make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side or back. Cordless window coverings are best in all homes where children live or visit.
  • DO NOT place cribs, beds or furniture close to windows as children can climb on them and gain access to the cords.
  • Make loose cords inaccessible.
  • If the window shade has looped bead chains or nylon cords, install tension devices to keep the cord taut.

If you believe that an injury or incident has injured your child please report the event by following this link or by calling CPSC's Hotline at 1.800.638.2772. Remember that you can keep on top of all recalls by the CPSC.

The attorneys at Van Dorn & Curtiss hope that you and your family can use this recall information and the automatic e-mail alerts to keep your family safe.

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