Meijer Inc., of Grand Rapids, Mich., has recalled 3,200 “Innovations” and “At Home with Meijer” Roman shades and roll-up blinds. 240,000 were originally recalled in March 2010. The potential danger of the Roman shades is that strangulation 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. The potential danger of the roll-up blinds is that strangulation can occur if the lifting loops slide off the side of the blind and a child’s neck becomes entangled on the free-standing loop or if a child places his/her neck between the lifting loop and the roll-up blind material. This recall involves previously recalled “Innovations” and “At Home with Meijer” Roman shades and roll-up blinds that were redistributed to stores and sold to consumers after March 2010 without a repair kit. The Roman shades are made with fabric or bamboo and the roll-up blinds with bamboo. A label reading “Innovation” or “At Home with Meijer” can be found under the headrail.
The shades were sold at discount retailers, dollar stores, flea markets and other retail liquidators nationwide from March 2010 through September 2011 at various prices. Originally the products were sold at Meijer stores between January 2004 and December 2009 for about $40 before being recalled. Consumers should immediately stop using the Roman shades and the roll-up blinds and contact the Window Covering Safety Council for a free repair kit at (800) 506-4636 anytime or visit www.windowcoverings.org. Consumers can also return the products to any Meijer store for a full refund. For additional information about this recall, contact Meijer at (800) 927-8699 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the company’s website at www.meijer.com.
All shades and blinds in a home should be examined. Homeowners should make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side, or back of the product. The CPSC recommends the use of cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit. The agency is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Information can be supplied at www.SaferProducts.gov.
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