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Window Blinds Injure Two Children Every Day in the U.S.

Window blinds injure two children every day and kill one child each month on average in the U.S., according to an epidemiologic study published in the journal Pediatrics. From 1990 to 2015, nearly 17,000 children younger than 6 years old were treated in U.S emergency rooms for window blind-related injuries. A little less than half the injuries involved being struck by a window blind, such as being hit by a falling blind. Just 12 percent of the injuries involved entanglements, mostly with the cords on the blinds, but these injuries accounted for most of the hospitalizations and deaths, researchers found. Data ... Read More

Two strangulation incidents, one death causes IKEA recall of 23 million children’s lamps worldwide

IKEA, the world’s largest furniture retailer, has recently announced a tremendously significant recall of nearly 23 million children’s wall-mounted lamps worldwide. In the United States alone, 2.9 million children’s lamps have been recalled by IKEA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC). Two separate incidents, both taking place in Europe, occurred involving the recalled children’s lamp – one involving the death of a 16-month-old child strangled by the lamp’s cord and another concerning a 15-month-old child nearly becoming strangled on the lamp’s cord. Each incident involved the same issue of the cord being pulled in the crib by the infants, ... Read More

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

In 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 ... Read More

Peg Perego brand strollers recalled for entrapment, strangulation hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Peg Perego USA Inc., has announced a voluntary recall of around 223,000 strollers due to a risk of entrapment and strangulation. The manufacturer has a report of one death and one serious injury as a result of strangulation and near-strangulation. The manufacturer reports an infant can pass through the opening between the stroller tray and seat bottom, posing the risk that his or her head may become entrapped by the tray. Infants entrapped at the neck are at risk of strangulation. The recall involves two versions of the Peg Perego strollers, ... Read More

FDA warns of strangulation risk with personal massager

The strangulation death of one person and the near-strangulation of another have prompted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue a warning to consumers not to use the ShoulderFlex Massager, imported by King International and sold in retail stores, in catalogs and online by various companies. The personal massager is designed to provide deep tissue massage to the neck, shoulders and back area while lying down; however, hair, clothing and jewelry can become entangled in the massager and begin to strangle users. The FDA first warned about the device on August 31, when the manufacturer recalled the massager. During a compliance ... Read More

FDA warns of strangulation risk with ShoulderFlex personal massager

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers, businesses and health care professionals who use, sell or recommend the ShoulderFlex Massager to stop doing so because the device has been linked to life-threatening injuries and deaths. The ShoulderFlex massager is a personal massage device designed for home use to provide deep tissue massage to the neck, shoulders and back while the user lies on a flat surface. It consists of a massage unit that sits beneath the neck, a handheld controller, a memory foam pillow, and a machine-washable sleeve. The device contains a rotating bar with removable massage “fingers” ... Read More

Parents warned about dangerous toys this holiday season

With the 2010 holiday gift buying season in full swing, consumer groups are reminding parents to select gifts for their young children carefully as hazardous and potentially deadly toys continue to show up on the store shelves, posing risks of choking and strangulation, and toxic chemical and metal poisoning. According to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), more than 83,000 industrial chemicals are used regularly in manufacturing consumer goods, most of which little is known. Nearly half of these chemicals have never even been studied for their effects on human health. “As their minds and bodies grow and develop, children ... Read More

Window blind recall expanded; strangulation hazard to children

Collier Ursprung was a year and a half old when his parents walked into his bedroom and found the toddler standing in his crib with the cord of a window blind wrapped three times around his neck. “As he pulled it kept getting tighter,” his father, Robert, told ABC News. “We just averted a disaster that could have changed our lives forever.” Collier is one of a surprisingly long list of young children who have been injured or killed by window coverings during the past 15 years – five deaths and 16 near-strangulations with Roman blinds since 2006, and three ... Read More

Consumer watchdog announces 10 Worst Toys List

Just in time for the holiday season, W.A.T.C.H. (World Against Toys Causing Harm), a Massachusetts-based consumer watchdog organization, announced its annual “10 Worst Toys” list at a conference in Boston’s Franciscan Hospital for Children. According to the organization’s website, “Founder Edward M. Swartz and W.A.T.C.H. have fearlessly exposed potentially dangerous toys to the general public. As a result, children’s lives have been saved.” The Worst Toys list, which the organization has published for 36 years, combs the market for toys that have the potential to cause childhood injuries and death. W.A.T.C.H. claims that the list has prompted toy manufacturers to discontinue, ... Read More

deaths and strangulations prompt series of shade and blind recalls

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a series of vertical blind and window shade recalls after the death of three children and near-strangulation injuries of several others. The recalls include horizontal and vertical blinds and cellular shades made by Vertical Land Inc. of Panama City Beach, Florida. Approximately 15,400 horizontal blinds manufactured by Vertical Land were found to lack inner cord stop devices that prevent the inner cords from forming an exterior loop in which children can become entangled and suffocate. About 16,400 vertical blinds and 800 cellular shades featuring freely hanging loop chains and cords that pose a similar ... Read More