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Child death leads Blind Xpress to recall window blinds for strangulation hazard

window blind risk CPSC photo 435x421 Child death leads Blind Xpress to recall window blinds for strangulation hazardIn cooperation with Blind Xpress of Livonia, Michigan, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a recall of roughly 315,000 custom-made horizontal blinds and 139,000 vertical blinds due to a strangulation hazard.

Reportedly, a 2-year-old girl from Michigan became entangled and choked in the loop of a vertical blind cord that was not attached to the floor or wall in 2009.

Blind Xpress custom vertical blinds have an adjustment cord that forms a loop, is not attached to the floor or wall and even certain blinds have a weighted device at the bottom of the loop. The custom horizontal blinds do not have inner cord stop devices to prevent the inner cords from becoming accessible. These cord loops are how a child can become entangled and strangulated.

Manufactured in the United States, the blinds were sold at a variety of blind specialty stores in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana from January 1995 until December 2011 for around $16 to $380.

If you or a loved one own Blind Xpress custom-made vertical or horizontal blinds, the CPSC urges you to immediately cease using them and contact the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) to receive a free repair kit by calling toll-free at (800) 506-4636 anytime or visit www.windowcoverings.org for more information.

Source: CPSC