Window Blinds Recalled after Death of Child
Blind Xpress is recalling about 139,000 custom-made vertical and 315,000 horizontal blinds after a 2-year-old girl died in 2009 when she was strangled in the loop of a vertical blind cord. The cord was not attached to the wall or floor.
About the Blind Xpress Window Blinds Recall
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), a child can strangle in a cord loop because the adjustment cord of the custom vertical blinds forms a loop that is not attached to the wall or floor. Some of these loops have a weighted device attached at the bottom. The custom horizontal blinds are also hazardous because the inner cords can easily be pulled out as there are no inner cord stop devices.
It is recommended that owners immediately stop using the window blinds and contact the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) to receive a repair kit free of charge.
Description of the Recalled Window Blinds
Information below provided by the U.S. CPSC.
- The recall involves Blind Xpress custom-made vertical blinds that do not contain a cord-tensioning device that attaches to the wall or floor.
- The recall also involves the horizontal blinds that do not contain inner cord stop devices.
- These blinds were sold at several blind specialty stores in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana from January 1995 through December 2011 for between $16 and $380.
Dangers of Window Coverings and Safety Tips
Information below provided by the WCSC.
- Since 1990, 200 children have died by strangling in window cords.
- Parents and guardians should replace all window coverings made before 2001 with more modern window coverings. The WCSC highly recommends cordless window coverings.
- If a person prefers an older window covering, this section of the WCSC website gives instructions on how to retrofit window coverings to make them safer.
- Never place a crib, bed, or any other type of low-standing furniture near a window.
- Keep all cords out of the reach of children. Make sure loop cords are attached to the floor or wall.
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