Meijer Reissues Recall of Blinds, Roman Shades

Meijer just reissued a prior recall of its blinds and Roman shades, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced.

The recall involves an additional 3,200 “Innovations” and “At Home with Meijer” Roman shades and roll-up blinds. The original recall, implemented in March 2010, involved 240,000 defective Meijer blinds and Roman Shades. That recall notice can be accessed here.

The recalled “Innovations” and “At Home with Meijer” Roman shades and roll-up blinds were imported and sold by Meijer, of Grand Rapids, Michigan; were manufactured in Taiwan by Whole Space Industries LTD, of Centereach, New York; and were sold at discount retailers, dollar stores, flea markets, and other retail liquidators nationwide from March 2010 through September 2011 at various prices. Originally, the products were sold at Meijer stores between January 2004 and December 2009 for about $40 before being recalled.

Strangulation hazards involved in these two products are:

Roman Shades

Strangulation 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.

Roll-Up Blinds

Strangulation can occur if the blind’s lifting loops slide 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.

To date, no incidents or injuries have been reported concerning these particular, recalled Meijer Roman blinds and shades.

This reissued recall involves previously recalled “Innovations” and “At Home with Meijer” Roman shades and roll-up blinds that were redistributed to stores and sold to consumers after March 2010 without a repair kit. The Roman shades are made with fabric or bamboo and the roll-up blinds are made with bamboo. A label reading “Innovation” or “At Home with Meijer” can be found under the head rail.

The firm advises consumers to immediately stop using the recalled Roman shades and the roll-up blinds and contact the Window Covering Safety Council for a free repair kit, toll-free, at 1.800.506.4636 anytime or at www.windowcoverings.org. Consumers can also return the recalled Roman shades and blinds to any Meijer store for a full refund. Meijer can be reached, toll-free, at 1.800.927.8699, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time (ET), Monday through Friday or at its website at www.meijer.com.

The CPSC also advises consumers to examine all shades and blinds in their homes and ensure there are no accessible cords on the front, side, or back of the product.

The CPSC recommends the use of cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit.

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