Child's Death Prompts Window Blind Recall
About 139,000 custom-made vertical and 315,000 horizontal blinds from Blind Xpress of Livonia, Michigan have been recalled following the death of a toddler, according to the CPSC.
In 2009, a two-year-old girl from Commerce Township, Michigan reportedly strangled in the loop of a vertical blind cord that was not attached to the wall or floor.
Reason for the recall: Blind Xpress custom vertical blinds have an adjustment cord that forms a loop that is not attached to the wall or floor. In some instances, this loop has a weighted device at the bottom. The custom horizontal blinds do not have inner cord stop devices to prevent the accessible inner cords from being pulled out. A child can become entangled in a cord loop and strangle.
Description: This recall includes all Blind Xpress custom-made vertical blinds that do not have a cord-tensioning device that attaches to the wall or floor, as well as all horizontal blinds that do not have inner cord stop devices.
Where the product was sold: The blinds were sold at various blind specialty stores in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana from January 1995 through December 2011 for between $16 and $380.
CPSC urges consumers to immediately stop using the window coverings and contact the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) to receive a free repair kit. For more information, contact the WCSC toll-free at (800) 506-4636 anytime or visit www.windowcoverings.org
View the full recall on the CPSC's website here.