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90,000 Roman Shades Recalled Due to Strangulation Risk

90,000 Faux Suede Roman Shades, manufactured by Whole Space and sold exclusively by Hanover Direct/Domestications, were recalled due to strangulation risk. 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.

In March 2008, a 2-year-old boy from Ocean View, Delaware climbed up on a toy chest to look out of a window and became entangled in the inner cords of the Roman shade. His parents removed the cord which left a temporary red mark around his neck. No permanent injuries were sustained.

This recall involves all Faux Suede room darkening Roman shades with style number 12810A. The shades were sold in Ivory, Taupe, Gold, Plum, Wine Red, Midnight Blue, Moss Green and Dark Brown and have a head rail that measures 23, 27, 31, 35, 39 43 or 48 inches. The shades have a sticker on the head rail with the letters "WS" and "style 12810A" is printed on the packaging box.

The recalled shades, manufactured in China, were sold at Hanover Direct/Domestications via internet at www.domestications.com and through catalog sales nationwide from January 2004 through December 2008 for between $20 and $40.

Consumers should immediately stop using the Roman shades and contact Hanover Direct/Domestications for a free retrofit kit that removes both the operating cords and the exposed inner cords from the shades.

For information, contact Hanover Direct/Domestications toll-free at (800) 524-0597 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET daily, or visit the firm's Web site at www.domestications.com.

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10023.html.

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