In a press release, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in conjunction with Meijer, announced the voluntary recall of the company’s “Innovations” and “At Home with Meijer” Roman shades and roll-up blinds due to the potential strangulation hazard they pose to consumers.
The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the Roman shades pose a strangulation hazard to children if a child were to place their neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric making up the backside of the blind, or if a child were to remove the cord and become entangled in it. The Roll-up blinds pose a similar hazard if the lifting loops slide off the side of the blind and a child were to place their neck between the loop and roll-up blind fabric.
This recall affects roughly 3,200 units, in addition to the 240,000 already recalled in March of 2010. The blinds were available at discount retailers, dollar stores, flea markets and other retail liquidators across the nation from March 2010 through September 2011.
Consumers are being asked to discontinue their use of the blinds immediately and to contact the company for a free repair kit in order to remove the threat.
As a Bellevue personal injury lawyer, I’ve seen recalls similar to this in the past and understand the devastating effects that they can have on those injured. If you’ve been injured through the use of a defective product, contact a personal injury lawyer in your area to discuss the legal options open to you.