|April 7, 2010
Risk of Strangulation Prompts Recall to Repair Roman Shades and Roll-Up Blinds by Oriental Furniture
Oriental Unlimited has added its name to the retailers joining the voluntary recall announced in December 2009 of ALL Roman shades and roll-up blinds.
The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. 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: Roman Shades and Roll-Up Blinds
Units: About 25,000
Importer: Oriental Furniture of Cambridge, Mass.
Roman Shades - Strangulations can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the blind or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck.
Roll-Up Blinds - 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.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: This recall involves all styles and sizes of Roman shades and roll-up blinds sold by Oriental Furniture. “Oriental Furniture” is printed on the packaging.
Sold by: Only online at www.orientalfurniture.com, www.amazon.com, and www.overstock.com from March 2009 through December 2009 for between $20 and $60.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled Roman shades and roll-up blinds immediately and contact the Window Covering Safety Council for a free repair kit at (800) 506-4636 anytime or visit www.windowcoverings.org. Oriental Furniture is contacting all known consumers.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Oriental Furniture at (800) 978-2100 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.orientalfurniture.com
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
CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals - contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
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