Strangulations can occur if the lifting loops slide off the side of the blind and a child's neck becomes entangled on the freestanding loop or if a child places his or her neck between the lifting loop and the roll-up blind material. Also, children can become entangled in the looped pull cord.
This recall involves about 355,000 Deluxe Matchstick Roll-up Shades. The shades measure 24", 36", 48", or 72" wide by 72" long in a "natural" color that are suspended by two cord loops called lifting loops or inner cords. The inner cords are attached to the head rail on one end and on the other end they go through the head rail and a cord lock and end in a looped cord that is used to raise and lower the shade. Both the head rail and bottom rail are made of bamboo and there is a warning label near the bottom that advises "Young children can become entangled and strangle in cord or bead loops."
Big Lots nationwide from January 2009 through June 2009 for between $5 and $12.
What To Do:
Immediately stop using the roll-up shades and contact the Window Covering Safety Council for a free repair kit. For more information, contact the Window Covering Safety Council at (800) 506-4636 anytime or visit www.windowcoverings.org.
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