The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) announce today a voluntary recall to repair all Roman shades and roll-up blinds to prevent the risk of strangulation to young children.
Consumers that have Roman or roll-up shades in their homes should contact the WCSC immediately at www.windowcoverings.org or by calling (800) 506-4636 anytime to receive a free repair kit.
Consumers are urged 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 and the WCSC recommend the use of cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit.
- Do not place cribs, beds, and furniture close to the windows 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.
For more information on window coverings safety, please visit www.budgetblinds.com/safety.
Source: WCSC Press Release; CPSC press release