CPSC Alert: Meijer recalls shades and blinds due to strangulation hazard

Legal News for Product Liability Attorneys. Meijer recalled Roman Shades and Roll-Up Blinds for the strangulation threat they pose to children.

Product liability attorney alerts- Strangulation hazard prompts recall of blinds and shades, CPSC announced.

Grand Rapids, MI (News)—Meijer declared its participation in the voluntary recall of Innovations and “At Home with Meijer” Roman Shades and Roll-Up Blinds after it was discovered that the shades and blinds pose a potential strangulation hazard to children. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) http://www.cpsc.gov announced the recall on Tuesday, March 2, 2010.

Though Meijer has not received any injury reports in connection with the recalled products as of yet, “Roll-up Blinds-Strangulations can occur if the lifting loops slide off the side of the blind and a child’s neck become entangled on the free-standing loop or if a child places his/her neck between the lifting loop and the roll-up blind material. Roman Shades-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.”

All Innovations and “At Home with Meijer” Roman shades and roll-up blinds, manufactured by the Centereach, New York-based company, Whole Space Industries LTD, were affected by the recall. The “Innovation” or “At Home with Meijer” brand names were printer on a label under the headrail of the defective Roman shades and roll-up blinds, which were made of fabric or bamboo. These shades and blinds were sold for approximately $40 at Meijer stores and online at Meijer.com from January 2004 to December 2009.

Consumers have been urged to cease use of the recalled blinds and shades and contact the Window Covering Safety Council at (800) 506-4636 or online at www.windowcoverings.org to receive a complimentary repair kit. Meijer may also be contacted at (800) 927-8699 or online at www.meijer.com, in regards to the product recall.

Legal News Reporter: Sandra Quinlan- Legal News for Product Liability Lawyers.

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