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Window blinds could be hazardous to children

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the voluntary recalls of two kinds of window blinds, citing the strangulation death of a child and the near strangulation of another.
/ Source: TODAY

The strangulation death of a child and the near strangulation of another has prompted the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to announce voluntary recalls of two types of window shades: IRIS and ALVINE Roman Blinds, sold exclusively at IKEA, and insulated black-out roller shades and insulated Roman shades manufactured by Green Mountain Vista of Williston, Vt.

On April 4, 2008, a 1-year-old girl in Greenwich, Conn., became entangled in the inner cord of an IKEA Roman Blind and strangled. The child was in a portable playpen that was located underneath a fully lowered roman blind. She was found partially suspended with the inner cord of the blind wrapped twice around her neck.

The CPSC also received a report of a 2-year-old girl from Bristol, Conn., who suffered a near strangulation, in June 2008, when she placed a loose bead cord loop around her neck and then slipped off the radiator where she was standing. Her 5-year-old brother lifted his sister, who was gasping for air, from the cord entanglement. She vomited and had deep neck bruising, but has since recovered from her injuries.

The IRIS and ALVINE recall involves all sizes of IRIS and ALVINE Roman Blinds in white. The blinds have a sewn-in label at the top edge of the blind with the IKEA logotype, article name (IRIS or ALVINE), 5-digit supplier number 19799 or 21369, four digit date stamp (YYWW) and the words “Made in India.” On the bottom edge of the blind there is a sewn-in orange/white safety warning label. The blinds are made from 100% cotton. They were sold at IKEA stores nationwide from July 2005 through June 2008 for between $7 and $30. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Roman Blinds and return them to any IKEA store to obtain a full refund. For additional information, contact IKEA toll-free at (888) 966-4532 anytime, or visit the firm’s Web site at ikea-usa.com.

The Green Mountain Vista recall includes all insulated black-out roller shades (colors: white, cream, harvest, light sage) and insulated Roman shades sizes 48, 60 and 72 (colors: white, natural, sage, sienna, blue, goldenrod, mahogany, terracotta). The shades have RN number 107875 printed on the care label of the shade and identify the manufacturer on the “Installation and Care Instructions.” They are sold at Country Curtains, Plow & Hearth, The Linen Source, Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, Ann & Hope, The Sportsman’s Guide, Target.com, The Curtain Shop of Maine and Solutions Catalog. They were sold nationwide from June 2005 through September 2008 for between $60 and $200. 

Consumers should immediately check their window coverings to see if the tension device is attached. If not attached, immediately stop using the window coverings and contact Green Mountain Vista Inc. to receive a free repair kit. If the consumer is not able to install the tensioning device, contact Green Mountain Vista for further instructions. For additional information, contact Green Mountain Vista at (800) 639-1728 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at gmvista.com.