The Roman shades and Roller shades manufacturer Smith+Noble (of Corona California) has issued a recall on their popular window coverings because of a possible strangulation hazard. These shades are manufactured in China, Mexico and the United States.
They are recalling approximately 1.3 Million sets of shades. That breaks down to 1,160,000 of the Roman shades and 115,000 of the Roller shades. Both sets of shade can pose a strangulation hazard:
The Roman Shades – If a child were to place their neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the shade they should strangle themselves. They also could strangle themselves if the child were to pull the cord out and wrap it around their neck.
The Roller Shades – If this shade’s continuous loop cord is not attached to the wall with the provided tension device a child’s neck could become entangled in the free-standing loop resulting in strangulation.
This recall is spurred by the near strangulation of a Tacoma, WA boy who’s neck was entangled in the unsecured continuous loop of the Roller shade in May 2009. The boy didn’t have to undergo any medical treatment. The Roman shades haven’t had any reports of injuries at the time of writing this.
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.
As a Tacoma personal injury lawyer I have to stress that you stop using the Roman shades immediately and call the Window Covering Safety Counsil (WCSC) for a free repair kit :: 800-506-4636. You can also visit WindowCoverings.org.
If you own the Roller shades you should make sure the continuous loop cord is attached to the wall using the provided tension device. If you no longer have the tension device stop using the shades and contact the WCSC.