Lowe's Stores Recall to Repair Roman Shades and Roll-Up Blinds; Two Near Strangulations Involved Young Children

Strangulations can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 1, 2010
Release #11-054
Repair Kit Hotline: (800) 506-4636
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Lowe's Stores Recall to Repair Roman Shades and Roll-Up Blinds; Two Near Strangulations Involved Young Children

Lowe's has added its name to the retailers joining the voluntary recall announced in December 2009 of ALL Roman shades and roll-up blinds.

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: Roman shades and roll-up blinds

Units: About 6 million Roman shades and about 5 million roll-up blinds

Retailer: Lowe's Home Centers, Inc., of Wilkesboro, N. C. and Lowe's HIW, Inc., of Tukwila, Wash. (Lowe's Stores)

Hazard:

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: CPSC is aware of two incidents of children that became entangled in the exposed cord found on the backside of Roman shades while looking out of windows. In November 2009, a 2-year-old boy from Arvada, Colorado was found with the inner cord wrapped around his arm and neck. In July 2010, a 4-year-old boy from Lexington, South Carolina suffered a rope burn to his neck after becoming entangled in the cord of a Roman shade. No incidents have been reported related to roll-up blinds.

Description: This recall involves all styles and sizes of Roman shades and roll-up blinds sold by Lowe's. Roman shades with repair kits and roll-up blinds with release clips right below the head rail on the backside of the blind are not included in this recall (see pictures below).

Sold at: Lowe's stores, other retail stores and at www.lowes.com since at least 1999 through June 2010 (Roman shades) and between at least 1999 and January 2005 (roll-up blinds) for between $10 and $1,800.

Manufactured in: China, United States, Mexico and Taiwan

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled Roman shades and roll-up blinds immediately and contact the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) for free repair kits at (800) 506-4636 anytime or visit www.windowcoverings.org

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Lowe's at (800) 445-6937 anytime or visit the firm's website at www.lowes.com

 

ROLL UP BLINDS

Hazard
Roll up blind hazard
Roll up blind with release clips Roll up blind without release clips
Roll-up blind with release clips
NOT INCLUDED IN THIS RECALL
Roll-up blind without release clips
INCLUDED IN THIS RECALL

 

Roll up blind without release clips

Roll-up blind without release clips INCLUDED IN THIS RECALL

Roll up blind with release clips

Roll-up blind with release clips NOT INCLUDED IN THIS RECALL

ROMAN SHADES
Roman Shade hazard

Hazard
Roman Shade hazard

Roman shade with repair kit

Roman Shades with repair kit are not included in this recall


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.