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Roman Shades Recalled After Toddler Strangulation

Posted on Nov 19, 2010

Hanover Direct is recalling nearly 500,000 Roman shades after a 22-month-old child strangled himself on a Roman shade pull cord in May 2010. The company is also recalling 28,500 roller blinds and roll-up blinds.

The products all contain strangulation hazards that involve the cords, lifting loops or bead chains, and consumers are advised to stop using them unless instructed otherwise.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the toddler who died in May was found hanging from a Roman shade pull cord in Iowa. He was still alive when his father rescued him, but he later died at a hospital.

In March of 2008, the cords of a Roman shade entangled a 2-year-old Delaware boy who climbed atop his toy chest to look outside. His parents managed to remove the cords and prevent any serious injuries. That incident prompted a recall in October 2009 involving approximately 90,000 Roman shades.

There have been no reports of incidents or injuries involving the roll-up blinds or roller blinds.

The Roman shades and blinds recall involves:

  • Roman shades that contain inner cords;
  • roll-up blinds (all styles); and
  • roller blinds that don't contain a tension device. 

If your roller blinds contain a tension device, make sure it is attached properly to the continuous loop pull cord or bead chain and installed on the floor or wall. It should also be noted that this voluntary recall is for all Roman Shades, roll-up blinds and roller blinds, not just those sold by Hanover Direct. They are simply the latest company to align itself with other retailers who have joined this voluntary recall of Roman shades, roller blinds and roll-up blinds.

The recalled products were sold at Hanover Direct/Domestications, the Company Store/Company Kids, www.domestications.com, www.thecompanystore.com and catalogs from January 1996 to October 2009. The prices ranged from $20 to $579.

To get a repair kit for free, call the Window Covering Safety Council: 1-800-506-4636.

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