Lowe’s Recalls 11 Million Blinds, Roman Shades

Lowe’s Stores just has added its name to the retailers joining the voluntary recall announced in December 2009 of ALL <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Roman shades and roll-up blinds, the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.

The CPSC is advising consumers to stop using the recalled products immediately and notes that it is illegal to resell or to attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. About six million Roman shades and about five million roll-up blinds sold by Lowe’s Home Centers, Inc., of Wilkesboro, North Carolina and Lowe’s HIW, Inc., of Tukwila, Washington (Lowe’s Stores).

Regarding Roman Shades, strangulations can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the blind or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck. With Roll-Up Blinds, strangulations can occur if the lifting loop slides off the side of the blind and a child’s neck becomes entangled on the free-standing loop or if a child places his/her neck between the lifting loop and the roll-up blind material.

CPSC is aware of two incidents of children that became entangled in the exposed cord found on the backside of Roman shades while looking out of windows. In November 2009, a two-year-old boy from Arvada, Colorado was found with the inner cord wrapped around his arm and neck. In July 2010, a four-year-old boy from Lexington, South Carolina suffered a rope burn to his neck after becoming entangled in the cord of a Roman shade. No incidents have been reported related to roll-up blinds, to date.

This recall involves all styles and sizes of Roman shades and roll-up blinds manufactured in China, United States, Mexico, and Taiwan, and sold by Lowe’s. Roman shades with repair kits and roll-up blinds with release clips right below the head rail on the backside of the blind are not included in this recall. The recalled Roman Blinds and roll-up shades were sold at Lowe’s stores, other retail stores and at www.lowes.com since at least 1999 through June 2010 (Roman shades) and between at least 1999 and January 2005 (roll-up blinds) for between $10 and $1,800.

Consumers should stop using the recalled Roman shades and roll-up blinds immediately and contact the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) for free repair kits at (800) 506-4636 anytime or visit www.windowcoverings.org

Lowe’s can be reached at (800) 445-6937 anytime or at the firm’s website at www.lowes.com.

The CPSC advises consumers to examine all shades and blinds in your home. Make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side, or back of the product. CPSC recommends the use of cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit.

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