Strangulation Death of a Child Prompts Recall to Repair Roman Shades by All Strong Industry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 15, 2009
Release # 10-068
Repair Kit Hotline: (800) 506-4636
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Strangulation Death of a Child Prompts Recall to Repair Roman Shades by All Strong Industry

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

Units: About 290,000

Distributor: All Strong Industry (USA) Inc., of Ontario, Calif.

Hazard: 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.

Incidents/Injuries: In February 2007, a 16-month-old boy in Painesville, Ohio died after becoming entangled in the exposed cord on the backside of a Roman shade and strangled. The child was found face down under a corner of the shade pulled into his crib.

Description: This recall involves Roman shades distributed by All Strong Industry that are made of a white-on-white striped fabric and measure about 64 inches long and the width ranges between 23 and 39 inches. The head rail has a strangulation warning and a label stating “CF" (Ching Feng Fashion Home Fashions Co., Ltd.), “52% Cotton/48% Polyester”, and made in either Taiwan, Thailand or China. “RN 103984” is printed on another sewn-in tag near the bottom back side of the fabric.

Sold at: Walmart stores nationwide and other retailers from January 2003 through May 2005 for between $10 and $20.

Manufactured in: Taiwan, Thailand, and China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled Roman shades 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.

Roman Shades
Picture of Recalled Roman Shade
Picture of Recalled Roman Shade showing cord