Washington’s Lowe’s HIW Inc., in Tukwilla, is busy recalling more than 11 million blinds and Roman shades for the potential it could cause harm to children through strangulation.
Lowe’s announced Wednesday the recall of about 6 million shades and 5 million roll-up blinds of all styles and sizes, according to The Associated Press.
At least two children have already been injured by the cords of the blinds including a two-year-old boy from Colorado who was found with the inner cord wrapped around his arm and neck in 2009, and a four-year-old South Carolina boy who suffered a rope burn after getting his neck tangled in the chord. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the children became entangled in the exposed cord found on the backside of Roman shades while looking out of windows.
Consumers who have the blinds may have purchased them from Lowe’s stores, online at http://www.lowes.com and other retailers from 1999 through June 2010.
As a Seattle personal injury lawyer, I urge consumers to stop using the the recalled products and contact the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) for repair kits at 800-506-4636 or visit http://www.windowcoverings.org. The blinds should be taken down, especially if small children live at or visit the home where the blinds are installed, to prevent any more personal injuries.