|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 15, 2009
Release # 10-069
|Repair Kit Hotline: (800) 506-4636
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Risk of Strangulation Prompts Recall to Repair Roll-Up Blinds by Lotus & Windoware: Sold Exclusively at Ace Hardware and Big Lots
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: ¼” Oval Roll-up Blinds
Units: About 250,000
Importer: Lotus & Windoware Inc., of Memphis, Tenn.
Hazard: Strangulations can occur if 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.
Description: This recall involves all roll-up blinds without release clips (see picture below). The roll-up blinds have plastic, ¼” oval-shaped slats, and measure either 48” or 72” long. The blinds were sold with two warning hang tags indicating ways to avoid strangulation.
Sold at: Ace Hardware and Big Lots stores nationwide from January 1999 through April 2009 for between $6 and $20.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately check the backside of the roll-up blinds to determine if they have release clips. If the roll-up blind does not have release clips, stop using the blinds immediately and contact the Window Covering Safety Council for a free repair kit.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact the Window Covering Safety Council at (800) 506-4636 anytime or visit www.windowcoverings.org
Note: Examine all shades and blinds in your 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.
Roll-Up Blind without Release Clip
Roll-Up Blind with Release Clip
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov
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