Near-Strangulation Prompts Recall of 1.3 Million Blinds

Smith + Noble is the latest retailer to recall its Roman shades and roll-up blinds, after the Consumer Product Safety Commission learned that a 5-year-old boy in Tacoma, WA, was nearly strangled to death on the loop cord.

The products were sold through Smith + Noble's catalog and website from 1998 to April 2010. The affected brand names include Smith + Noble, Christopher Lowell by Smith + Nobel, Jessitt Gold, Shop Blinds, and Window Elements.

In December 2009, the CPSC announced that multiple retailers would recall millions of Roman shades and roll-up blinds over reports of the products causing eight deaths and 16 near strangulations since 2001. If you own one of these window treatments, the CPSC urges you to immediately stop using them and contact the Window Covering Safety Council via their website or at 800-506-4636 for a free repair kit.

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