Blinds Recalled Over Strangulation Risk

By WBNG News

Blinds Recalled Over Strangulation Risk

July 20, 2010 Updated Jul 20, 2010 at 3:34 PM EDT

IKEA has recalled Roller, Roman, and Roll-Up Blinds because of a strangulation hazard.

About 3,360,000 of the blinds were sold: About 790,000 Roman blinds were recalled in November 2008 and August 2009 and about 533,000 Roller blinds were recalled in October 2009.

With the Roller Blinds, strangulations can occur if the blind's looped bead chain is not attached to the wall or the floor with the tension device provided and a child's neck becomes entangled in the free-standing loop.

In the Roman Blinds, 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.

An additional hazard exists when the Roman blind has a continuous looped bead chain that if not attached to the wall or floor, which poses a strangulation hazard to children.

Roll-up Blinds Strangulations can occur if the lifting loops slide off the side of the blind and a child's neck becomes entangled on the free-standing loop or if a child places his/her neck between the lifting loop and the roll-up blind material.

One child was strangled by the Roman blinds, and two others became entangled in the cords.

This recall involves roller blinds that do not have a tension device attached to the bead chain, all Roman blinds and all roll-up blinds.

They were sold at IKEA stores nationwide from January 1998 through June 2009 for between $5 and $55.

Consumers should immediately stop using the roller blinds that do not have a tension device attached to the chain, all Roman blinds and all roll-up blinds and return them to any IKEA store for a full refund.

In a previous recall, IKEA reminded consumers who have roller blinds with a tension device attached to the bead chain to make sure the tension device is installed into the wall or floor.

If the consumer has difficulty installing the tension device, contact IKEA for additional information.

For additional information, contact IKEA toll-free at (888) 966-4532 anytime, or visit the firm's website at www.ikea-usa.com

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