The U.S. Consumer Product Safeety Commission announced the recall of three types of window blinds: IKEA Roller Blinds, Whole Space Roman Blinds, and Roman Shades sold at Bed, Bath & Beyond stores, because of strangulation hazards.
1. Ikea ISDANS, TUPPLUR and ENJE Roller Blinds
Units: About 533,000
Distributor: IKEA Home Furnishings, of Conshohocken, Pa.
Hazard: Strangulations can occur if the blind's looped bead chain 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.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately check the recalled roller blinds to make sure the tension device provided is attached to the bead chain and installed into the wall or floor. If not attached, consumers should immediately stop using the roller blinds and contact IKEA or visit their local IKEA store to receive a free repair kit. The repair kits for the roller blinds will be available the second week of November. If the consumer has difficulty installing the tension device, contact IKEA for additional information.
For additional information, contact IKEA toll-free at 888-966-4532 any time, or visit the firm's Web site at www.ikea-usa.com
2. Roman Shades by Whole Space; sold exclusively by Hanover Direct/Domestications
Name of Product: Faux Suede Roman Shades
Units: About 90,000
Importer: Hanover Direct Inc., (also known as Domestications) of Weehawken, N.J.
Manufacturer: Whole Space Industries LTD, of Centereach, N.Y.
Hazard: 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.
Incidents/Injuries: 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 the Roman shade. His parents removed the cord which left a temporary red mark around his neck. No permanent injuries were sustained.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the Roman shades and contact Hanover Direct/Domestications for a free retrofit kit that removes both the operating cords and the exposed inner cords from the shades.
For information, contact Hanover Direct/Domestications toll-free at 800-524-0597 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily, or visit the firm's Web site at www.domestications.com
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3. Roman Shades by Louis Hornick & Co.; sold exclusively at Bed Bath & Beyond
Name of Product: Dublin Energy Solution Roman Shades
Units: About 364,000
Importer: Louis Hornick & Co. Inc., of New York, N.Y.
Retailer: Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., of Union, N.J.
Incidents/Injuries: There have been two reports of children becoming entangled in the exposed inner cord on the back of the shade. In July 2008, while in his crib, a 20-month-old boy became entangled in the inner cord from a roman shade. His grandfather responded to the child's cries and removed the cord that left a red mark on the right side of his neck. In April, the mother of a 3-year-old boy found her crying son with a cord mark that ran ear to ear on the front of his neck. The boy was able to free himself after becoming entangled in the inner cord. No permanent injuries were sustained in these incidents.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Roman shades and contact Louis Hornick & Company to receive a free repair kit. The repair kit will be available by the end of November.
For additional information, contact Louis Hornick & Company toll-free at 800-517-3612 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily, or visit the firm's Web site at www.hornickindustries.com
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