Smith+Noble, of Corona, California, has recalled about 1.3 million Roman and Roller shades. This includes 1,160,000 Roman shades and 115,000 roller shades. Strangulations can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord on the Roman shades and the fabric on the backside of the shade or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck. Strangulation can occur if the roller shade’s continuous loop cord is not attached to the wall with the tension device provided and a child’s neck becomes entangled in the free-standing loop. CPSC and Smith+Noble have received a report of a five-year-old boy in Tacoma, Wash. who became entangled in an unsecured continuous loop bead cord on a roller shade in May 2009. Thus far, no Roman shade injuries have been reported. This recall involves all roller shades that do not have a tension device attached to the continuous loop cord and all custom, made-to-order Roman shades. Brand names include Smith+Noble, Christopher Lowell by Smith+Noble, Jessitt Gold, Shop Blinds and Window Elements.
The shades were sold exclusively at Smith+Noble online at www.smithandnoble.com and through catalog sales nationwide from 1998 through April 2010 for between $100 and $1,600, depending on custom size and options. Consumers should immediately stop using the Roman shades and contact the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) for a free repair kit at (800) 506-4636 anytime or visit www.windowcoverings.org. Consumers should check the roller shades to make sure the tension device provided is attached to the continuous loop cord and installed into the wall. If not attached, consumers should attach the tension device securely to the wall. If they no longer have the tension device, consumers should immediately stop using the roller shades and contact WCSC to receive a free replacement tension device. For additional information, contact Smith+Noble toll-free at (877) 228-7683, or visit its website at www.smithandnoble.com/productrecallinformation.
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