Roman & Roller Shade Recall: Near Strangulation Prompts CPSC Recall

07/22/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Nicole Howley // Nicole Howley

Corona, CA—A near strangulation has prompted the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Smith+Noble to recall about 1.3 million window shades (1,160,000 Roman shades and 115,000 roller shades). The CPSC announced the recall on July 22, 2010.

The CPSC press release reported the products and injuries/incidents include:

• 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 shade or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck.

• Roller Shades: Strangulation can occur if the shade’s continuous loop cord is not attached to the wall with the tension device provided and a child’s neck becomes entangled in the free-standing loop.

Incidents and/or Injuries:

• Roller Shades: CPSC and Smith+Noble have received a report of a 5-year-old boy in Tacoma, Washington who became entangled in an unsecured continuous loop bead cord on a roller shade in May 2009. No medical treatment was required.

Roman Shades:None.

All roller shades that don’t have a tension devise that is fixed to the continuous loop cord and all custom, made-to-order Roman shades. Smith+Noble, Christopher Lowell by Smith+Noble, Jessitt Gold, Shop Blinds and Window Elements brands are involved in this recall.

Consumers can contact the window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) for a free repair kit at (800) 506-4636 anytime or visit www.windowcoverings.org. Consumers are also advised to check the roller shades to ensure the tension device provided is attached to the continuous loop cord and installed into the wall. If your shades don’t have the tension device, you should immediately stop using the roller shades and contact WCSC for a free replacement tension device.

For further information concerning the recall, consumers can contact Smith+Noble toll-free at 877-228-7683 between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. PT Monday through Friday and between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Saturday and Sunday, or visit their website at www.smithandnoble.com/productrecallinformation.

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