Due to risk of strangulation, Green Mountain Vista Inc. is adding its name to the voluntary recall announced in December 2009 of ALL Roman shades and roll-up blinds. (Coincidentally, October is National Window Covering Safety Month.) The company announced late last week that it was recalling about 200,000 Roman shades because a child could strangle if he placed his neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the shade, or if he pulled the cord out and wrapped it around his neck. No injuries have been reported, but consumers should stop using the shades and contact the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) for a free repair kit.
This recall involves ALL Green Mountain Vista Roman shades.
Finally, the WCSC offers the following advice:
- Examine all shades and blinds in the home. Make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side, or back of the product. CPSC and the WCSC recommend the use of cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit.
- Do not place cribs, beds, and furniture close to the windows because children can climb on them and gain access to the cords.
- Make loose cords inaccessible.
- If the window shade has looped bead chains or nylon cords, install tension devices to keep the cord taut.
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