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CPSC Announces Voluntary Recalls of Millions of Roman Shades Roll Up Blinds

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced that multiple firms are recalling millions of units of window coverings, including Roman shades and roll-up blinds. These window coverings present a serious risk of strangulation to young children.

CPSC has received reports of five deaths and 16 near strangulations in Roman shades since 2006 and three deaths in roll-up blinds since 2001. Strangulations in Roman shades occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the back side of the blind or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck. Strangulations in roll-up blinds occur when 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.

The recalled Roman shades and roll up blinds were sold by a variety of manufacturers and retailers, including major discount department stores, home improvement stores and window covering manufacturers and retailers. Remedies vary among firms from repair kits to refunds.

"Parents need to make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side, or back of their window coverings," said Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. "Avoid these deadly dangers by getting the repair kit or installing cordless window coverings in all homes where small children live or visit."

To help prevent child strangulation in window coverings, CPSC and the Window Covering Safety Council urge parents and caregivers to follow these guidelines:

  • Examine all shades and blinds in the home. Make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side, or back of the product. CPSC recommends the use of cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit.
  • Do not place cribs, beds, and furniture close to windows with corded window coverings because children can climb on them and gain access to the cords.
  • Make loose cords inaccessible.
  • If the window shade has looped bead chains or nylon cords, install tension devices to keep the cord taut.


List of Voluntary Recalls to Repair Roman Shades and Roll Up Blinds

Company Number of Units Sold At
Window Covering Safety Council All Roman shades (25 million) and
Roll-up blinds (27 million)
Retailers nationwide
Walmart 500,000 Roman shades
600,000 Roll-up blinds
Walmart stores and other retailers
JCPenney More than 2.2 million Roman Shades
340 Roll-up blinds
JCPenney
Lotus and Windoware 250,000 Roll-up Blinds Ace Hardware and Big Lots
All Strong Industry 290,000 Roman shades Walmart stores and other retailers
Pottery Barn Stores 350,000 Roman shades
45,000 Roller shades
Pottery Barn Kids, Pottery Barn, and PBTeens
International Merchandise 355,000 Roll-up Blinds Big Lots
West Elm 42,00 Roman shades West Elm’s catalog and website
The Land of Nod 2,000 Roman shades Land of Nod Stores
Louis Hornick 6,300 Roman shades Ross stores
Draper 1,800 Roman shades Specialty window covering dealers nationwide

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