The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has expanded its original voluntary recall of Roman Shades and Roll-Up Blinds announced in December 2009 to now additionally include 495,000 roman shades and 28,500 roller blinds imported by Hanover Direct Inc., which is cooperating with this recall.

For full details please read the official press release from the USCPSC :
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11036.html

This new recall is due to the unfortunate report of a 22 month old boy from Cedar Falls, Iowa, who was found hanging by his neck from the outer pull cords of a Roman Shade in May 2010. His father had managed to rescue him, but the child tragically died at the hospital.

Consumers are being urged to immediately stop using all Roman Shades with inner cords, all Roll-Up Blinds, and all Roller Blinds that do not have a tension device, and contact the Window Covering Safety Council at (800) 506-4636 anytime for free repair kits or visit www.windowcoverings.org. Consumers who have roller blinds with a tension device should make sure the tension device is attached to the continuous loop bead chain or continuous loop pull cord and is installed into the wall or floor.

Examine all shades and blinds in your home, if you live with or take care of children. 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.

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The Window Covering Manufacturer’s Association has also recently announced that it has opened the revision process for WCMA A100.1; 2nd Provisional American National Standard for Safety of Corded Window Covering Products in an effort to improve safety standards for window coverings.

View the original press release from WCMA

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