Roman and Roller Shades Recalled for Strangulation Hazard

Smith+Noble has recalled all of its Roman shades and roll-up blinds after receiving a report of a near strangulation accident involving a 5-year-old boy who became ensnared in an unsecured continuous loop bead cord on a roller shade in May 2009. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the voluntary recall on July 22, 2010, which includes products that will be added to the list of retailers involved in a December 2009 Roman shades and roll-up blinds recall.

Consumers are being advised to stop use of all Roman and roller shades included in the recent recall. Approximately 1.3 million – 1,160,000 Roman shades and 115,000 roller shades – products distributed by Corona, California based Smith+Noble are affected by the recall.

While one risk of asphyxiation from the Roman shades can occur if a child takes the cord and puts it around his or her neck, another hazard is created when a child puts his or her neck between the easily accessible inner cord and the back fabric of the blind. The risk of strangulation relating to the roller shades can take place in instances where the blind’s constant loop cord has not been mounted to the wall with the provided tension device and a child’s neck becomes entangled in the free-standing loop. The products included in the most recent recall were sold throughout the United States from 1998 through April 2010.

All consumers, especially parents of young children, should make sure that all shades and blinds in their homes are not included in the recall and that no chords are accessible on the front, side or back. For more information about the recall, please visit the CPSC’s website.

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