The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) announced last week that they are voluntarily recalling 50 million sets of Roman shades and roll-up blinds.
This recall is industry wide and doesn’t affect a particular brand. Instead, the CPSC and WCSC say that these types of blinds can pose a strangulation risk when used in homes with young children. Two hundred children have died since 1990, after being entrapped in and strangled by the cords.
According to the CPSC, homes where young children live should only use cordless window coverings. Products installed before the year 2001 should be removed and replaced with updated, safer products.
If you absolutely can not replace the corded window coverings, contact the WCSC at www.windowcoverings.org or by calling 1-800-506-4636 to get a free retro-fit kit that will make your window coverings safer.