The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall on 50 million window coverings, specifically Roman and roll-up blinds. 8 million such products are sold annually.
According to representatives of the CPSC, the danger of Roman and roll-up blinds relates to stangulation -- specifically of young children. The blinds' design has led to 8 deaths and 16 near-strangulations this decade.
Despite the relatively small number of incidents as compared to the 125 million blinds sold since 2001, the Window Covering Safety Council is embracing the recall, offering safety tips and free retro-fit kits.
- Move cribs, beds and furniture away from window cords
- Keep window pull cords out of the reach of children
- Lock cords into position whenever possible -- even if resting on a windowsill
Posted by Michael LaFido on December 21, 2009