Hanover Direct Recall 2010: Roman Shades, Roll-up and Roller Blinds due to possible strangulation of children

By on Nov 12, 2010 in Lifestyle, Parenting, United States, World Comments

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announces on their website on Wednesday a voluntary recall for Roman Shades, Roll-up Blinds, and Roller Blinds.

According to CPSC‘s press release dated November 10, 2010, Hanover Direct Inc., (also known as Domestications, The Company Store, and Company Kids) of Weehawken, New Jersey, has added its name to the list of retailers that made a previous voluntary recall back in December 2009.

While about 90,000 Roman Shades were recalled in October 2009, nearly 495,000 Roman Shades and 28,500 roller/roll-up blinds are affected this time, CPSC said.

Below are the details of the possible accidents for each product that can happen to a child, according to them.

For Roman Shades, strangulation can likely to occur when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck, or when a child will put his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the blind.

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

For Roller Blinds, strangulation can occur if the continuous loop bead chain of the blinds or its continuous loop pull cord 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.

While there were no reported accidents for both Roll-up Blinds and Roller Blinds, there was a single reported accident for the Roman Shades back in May 2010.

A 22-month-old boy in Cedar Falls, Iowa, was said to have been found hanging by his neck from the outer pull cords of a Roman Shades in May 2010. Although the boy was rescued by his father, he eventually died in the hospital.

The affected products of the Hanover Direct Recall 2010 were manufactured in China, United States, as well as in other countries, and were sold at Hanover Direct/Domestications or through their official website at Domestications.com.

Customers could have also bought them at Company Store/Company Kids or online via their official website at TheCompanyStore.com.

The prices of these products were said to be from $20 to $579 each, and can also be found through catalog sales nationwide from January 1996 through October 2009.

CPSC are advising consumers to immediately stop using all Roman Shades with inner cords, all Roll-up Blinds, and all Roller Blinds that do not have a tension device.

They said the public can contact the Window Covering Safety Council at (800) 506-4636 anytime for free repair kits or visit their official website at WindowCoverings.org.

For consumers who have their Roller Blinds with a tension device, CPSC strongly suggests that adults or parents should see to it that the tension device is attached to the continuous loop bead chain or continuous loop pull cord, and is installed into the wall or floor.

Here are very notes from CPSC from their website, with regards to the use of the said products.

Examine all shades and blinds in your home. Make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side or back of the product. It is being highly recommended to use of cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit.

For more details and information, Hanover/Domestications said they be reached by calling at (800) 453-1106 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET seven days a week.

The company also said their websites namely Domestications.com and HanoverDirect.com are always available for visit.

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