Cpsc Issues Massive Window Covering Recall

12.15.09 | FL News Team

The Consumer Product Safety Commission and industry officials have issued a massive recall for several types of popular window coverings. The recall includes roughly 50-million roll-up blinds and Roman shades. CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum says the cords on those window coverings can be dangerous in homes with small children. Officials say eight children have died and at least 16 have almost been strangled after their necks became tangled in the cords on roll-up blinds and Roman shades. The recall applies to many products commonly sold at major retailers including Wal-Mart, Target, IKEA and Pottery Barn. The Window Covering Safety Council is offering a free kit to made the products safe for children. Consumers can request those kits at windowcoverings.org or by calling 1-800-506-4636. In the meantime, the CPSC is urging parents to remove any blinds or shades with cords that could pose a danger to children. The agency is also considering new regulation for manufacturers of those products.