The sudden strangulation death of two children has prompted the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall two types of window blinds. The recall includes over four million roll-up style window blinds and 600,000 roman shades sold by Target. These window blinds do not come equipped with release clips and have caused strangulation.
At least two children’s deaths have been linked to the faulty roll-up and Roman shade blinds. In 2007, a 1-year old was strangled to death after the cord fell in to his crib. Then in 2008, another one year old died when his head became trapped between the back of the Roman shade and the cord.
The CSPC has issued a voluntary recall on ¼” Oval Roll-up Blinds and Woolrich Roman Shades that were distributed by Lewis Hyman Inc. The Woolrich Roman Shades were sold exclusively at Target and Target’s online website. Every Woolrich Roman Shade is being recalled, 600,000 in total. The Oval Roll-up Blinds were sold at retailers nationwide. Some Oval Roll-up Blinds may have a release clip installed and the CSPC is asking owners to check before the discontinue use of the window blind.
If you have installed purchased either type of window blind, Lewis Hyman is offering a free repair kit that will allow the product to be used safely around children. You can obtain a repair kit by calling the Lewis Hyman toll-free number at; (877) 354-5457.
If you have small children at home we urge you to discontinue using these blinds immediately. The two deaths reported to date may not be the only incidents and the window blinds pose a serious threat to any household.
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