Roman and Roller shades Recalled

July 22, 2010
The Danger:
Roman Shades: Strangulations can occur when a child places his or her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the shade, or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his or her neck.
Roller Shades: Strangulation can occur if the 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.
This recall involves about 1.3 million (1,160,000 Roman shades and 115,000 roller shades) roller shades that do not have a tension device attached to the continuous loop cord, as well as all custom, made-to-order Roman shades. Brand names include Smith+Noble, Christopher Lowell by Smith+Noble, Jessitt Gold, Shop Blinds, and Window Elements.
Sold At:
Smith+Noble online at and through catalog sales nationwide from 1998 through April 2010, for between $100 and $1,600, depending on custom size and options.
What To Do:
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 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, attach the tension device securely to the wall. If you no longer have the tension device, immediately stop using the roller shades and contact WCSC to receive a free replacement tension device.
For more information, contact Smith+Noble toll-free at (877) 228-7683 between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. PT Monday through Friday and between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Saturday and Sunday, or visit

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