Federal safety officials have announced a recall of window blinds and shades after the strangling death of one young child and a close call for a second. The recall involves nearly 700,000 IKEA and Green Mountain Vista blinds and shades. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, a one-year-old girl from Greenwich, Connecticut, was strangled when she got caught in the inner cord of an IKEA Roman blinds set that was hanging over her playpen. The CPSC also received a report of a two-year-old girl from Bristol, Connecticut, who nearly strangled on the beaded-chain loop hanging from a set of Green Mountain Vista shades. Fortunately, the girl’s older brother saved her.
IKEA sold the blinds at stores nationwide between July 2005 and June 2008. The blinds may be returned to any IKEA store for a refund. The shades are insulated blackout roller shades and insulated Roman shades sold by a number of stores and catalogs. Green Mountain Vista says owners should check to see if a tension device is attached to the chain loop. If not, the company is offering a free repair kit and installation instructions.
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