IKEA Home Furnishings, of Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, has issued a recall of Roller, Roman, and Roll-Up blinds. This recall expands previous recalls of Roman and roller blinds and has added its name to the retailers joining the voluntary recall announced in December 2009 of ALL Roman shades and roll-up blinds. This recall includes about 3,360,000 of the binds. About 790,000 Roman blinds were recalled in November 2008 and August 2009 and about 533,000 Roller blinds were recalled in October 2009.
The Roller Blinds: Strangulations can occur if the blind’s looped bead chain is not attached to the wall or the floor with the tension device provided and a child’s neck becomes entangled in the free-standing loop.
The Roman Blinds: 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. An additional hazard exists when the Roman blind has a continuous looped bead chain that is not attached to the wall or floor, which poses a strangulation hazard to children.
The Roll-up Blinds: Strangulations can occur if the lifting loops slide off the side of the blind and a child’s neck becomes entangled in the free-standing loop or if a child places his/her neck between the lifting loop and the roll-up blind material.
CPSC and IKEA received a new report of a 1 ½-year-old boy in Lowell, Mass., who suffered a near strangulation in February 28, 2010. On April 4, 2008, a one-year-old girl in Greenwich, Connecticut, became entangled in the inner cord of an IKEA Roman blind and strangled. CPSC and IKEA also received a report of a two-year-old boy who suffered a near strangulation. The last two incidents prompted previous recalls. No incidents have been reported for the Roll-up or Roller blinds.
This recall involves roller blinds that do not have a tension device attached to the bead chain, all Roman blinds and all roll-up blinds. The blinds were sold at IKEA stores nationwide from January 1998 through June 2009 for between $5 and $55. Consumers should immediately stop using the roller blinds that do not have a tension device attached to the chain, all Roman blinds and all roll-up blinds and return them to any IKEA store for a full refund. In a previous recall, IKEA reminded consumers who have roller blinds with a tension device attached to the bead chain to make sure the tension device is installed into the wall or floor. If the consumer has difficulty installing the tension device, contact IKEA for additional information. For additional information, contact IKEA toll-free at (888) 966-4532 anytime, or visit their website at www.ikea-usa.com.
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