After three children have suffered strangulation deaths on window blind cords, six companies are recalling their products.
According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, Lewis Hyman blinds caused two out of the three deaths. The company is recalling 4.2 million of its roll-up blinds with plastic slats (sold nationwide from 1999-2003 for $6 to $20) and 600,000 Woolrich Roman shades (sold at Target from 2006-2008 for $25 to $43).
A Vertical Land Inc. blind product caused the third death, and so this company is also recalling its blinds and shades, sold in Florida stores from 1992-2006 for $60 to $200.
Pottery Barn Kids/Williams-Sonoma Inc. is also recalling 85,000 Roman shades, sold at Pottery Barn Kids from 2003-2007 for $30 to $60.
IKEA is recalling 120,000 Melina Roman blinds, sold from 2006-2008 for $20 to $40.
About 245,000 Lutron Shading Solutions fabric roller shades (sold at specialty dealers nationwide from 2000-2009 for $200-$2000) are being recalled, as are 163,000 Victoria Classics Roman shades in “thermal sailcloth” and “matchstick bamboo” styles. These shades were sold at Target from September-June 2009 for $15 to $40.
If you have blinds from any of these companies in your home and are worried about the potential for strangulation (particularly if you have young children), please contact them to learn more about the recall.