CPSC Recall: Lowes Recalls 6M Roman Shades, 5M Roll-Up Blinds

12/01/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Washington, D.C.– The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Lowe’s Home Centers and Lowes HIW, Inc. have voluntarily recalled about 6 million Roman shades and about 5 million roll-up blinds. The CPSC announced the recall on December 1, 2010, as a result of two near strangulations, which involved children.

The CPSC Reported:

• 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.

• Roll-Up Blinds: Strangulations can occur if the lifting loop slides off the side of the blind and a child’s neck becomes entangled on the free-standing loop or if a child places his/her neck between the lifting loop and the roll-up blind material.

Two incidents of children becoming entangled in the exposed cord, which is on the backside of the Roman shaded were reported. No incidents were reported involving the roll-up blinds.

The recall involved all styles and sized of the Roman shades and roll-up blinds, which were sold at Lowe’s stores.

Consumers are advised to contact the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) for free repair kits at (800) 506-4636 anytime or visit www.windowcoverings.org.

For further information concerning the recall, consumers can contact Lowe’s at (800) 445-6937 or visit their website at www.lowes.com

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