CPSC Announces Voluntary Recalls to Repair Millions of Roman Shades and Roll Up Blinds by Multiple Firms

These window coverings present a serious risk of strangulation to young children.
December 1, 2010
Release Number: 10-077

Originally issued December 15, 2009, Last Revised December 1, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is announcing that multiple firms are recalling millions of units of Window coverings, including Roman shades and roll-up blinds. These window coverings present a serious risk of strangulation to young children.

CPSC has received reports of five deaths and 16 near strangulations in Roman shades since 2006 and three deaths in roll-up blinds since 2001. Strangulations in Roman shades occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the back side of the blind or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck. Strangulations in roll-up blinds occur when the lifting loop slides off the side of the blind and a child's neck becomes entangled on the free-standing loop or if a child places his/her neck between the lifting loop and the roll-up blind material.

The recalled Roman shades and roll up blinds were sold by a variety of manufacturers and retailers, including major discount department stores, home improvement stores and window covering manufacturers and retailers. Remedies vary among firms from repair kits to refunds.

"Parents need to make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side, or back of their window coverings", said Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. "Avoid these deadly dangers by getting the repair kit or installing cordless window coverings in all homes where small children live or visit."

To help prevent child strangulation in window coverings, CPSC and the Window Covering Safety Council urge parents and caregivers 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 recommends the use of cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit.
  • Do not place cribs, beds and furniture close to windows with corded window coverings 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.

 

Company (link to recall)Number of UnitsSold At
Window Covering Safety Council All Roman shades (25 million) and
Roll-up blinds (27 million)
Retailers nationwide
Walmart 500,000 Roman shades
600,000 Roll-up blinds
Walmart stores and other retailers
JCPenney More than 2.2 million Roman shades
340 Roll-up blinds
JCPenney
Lotus and Windoware 250,000 Roll-up blinds Ace Hardware and Big Lots
All Strong Industry 290,000 Roman shades Walmart stores and other retailers
Pottery Barn Stores 350,000 Roman shades
45,000 Roller shades
Pottery Barn Kids, Pottery Barn, and PBTeens
International Merchandise 355,000 Roll-up blinds Big Lots
West Elm 42,000 Roman shades West Elm's catalog and website
The Land of Nod 2,000 Roman shades Land of Nod Stores
Louis Hornick 6,300 Roman shades Ross stores
Draper 1,800 Roman shades Specialty window covering dealers nationwide
American Vintage 1,000 Horizontal blinds Paramount Window Furnishings and Signature Window Coverings stores in Texas
Restoration Hardware Baby & Child 4,600 Roman shades Restoration Hardware Baby & Child stores and catalog
Lutron Electronics 5,000 Roman shades Specialty Dealers and Expo Design Centers
Meijer

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240,000 Roman shades and Roll-Up blinds
3,200 additional units
Meijer Stores and Meijer.com
Ethan Allen 163,000 Roman shades Ethan Allen Design Centers
Oriental Furniture 25,000 Roman shades and Roll-Up blinds www.orientalfurniture.com, www.amazon.com, www.overstock.com
Blair 5,600 Roman shades Blair and other retail stores in Warren and Grove City, PA, Blair catalogs and website
IKEA 3,360,000 Roman shades, Roller Blinds, and Roll-Up blinds IKEA stores nationwide
Chicology 6,200 Roll-Up blinds Online retailers including Overstock.com, Bestwindowtreatments.com, Bedbathstore.com, Unbeatablesale.com, Bonton.com, Linensource.com, and Solutions.com
Smith+Noble 1,160,000 Roman shades and 115,000 roller shades Smith+Noble online at www.smithandnoble.com and catalog sales nationwide
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores 1,800 Roll-Up Blinds Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
Green Mountain Vista 200,000 Roman shades Specialty home textile retail shops and mail order companies nationwide
Hanover Direct/Domestications 495,000 Roman shades and 28,500 Roller/Roll-up blinds Hanover Direct/Domestications, the Company Store/Company Kids; online at www.domestications.com and www.thecompanystore.com; and through catalog sales nationwide
Lowe's 6 million Roman shades and 5 million roll-up blinds Lowe's stores and other retail stores; online at www.lowes.com
Wm. Wright 48,000 Roman shade make-it-yourself kits Walmart, Jo-Ann Stores and other specialty textile and variety retail shops
The Shade Store 45,000 cortinas romanas Five showroom locations and online at www.theshadestore.com