More Window Blinds and Roman Shades Recalled Due to Strangulation Risk

Following a recall of more than 5.4 million window shades and blinds in August, nearly one million more blinds and shades sold through Ikea, Bed Bath & Beyond and Hanover Direct/Domestications were recalled this week due to fears that their designs could result in children getting strangled.

On Tuesday the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of 533,000 Ikea roller blinds, 364,000 Bed Bath & Beyond Roman shades, and 90,000 Hanover Direct Roman shades. The recalls come after at least three young children were nearly strangled to death by the shades.

The Ikea recall includes all ISDANS, TUPPLUR and ENJE roller blinds, which have a looped bead chain which forms a free-standing loop that can wrap around a child’s neck if not secured to the wall or floor. The blinds are made of solid or sheer fabric with an orange warning label attached to the base of the blind marked with AA-136800-3. The blinds are 24 to 79 inches wide. The ENJE blinds have a glued label on the wall fitting with the Ikea logo, an article number, 5-digit supplier number, a date stamp and “Made in Taiwan.” The blinds were sold at Ikea stores nationwide between July 2005 and July 2009.

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The Bed Bath & Beyond recall includes the Dublin Energy Solution Roman Shades, which have exposed inner cords on the back which can get caught around a child’s neck. The shades were sold in navy, chocolate, khaki and cream colors and include a small orange, black and white warning label on the back of the head rail. The shades were sold at Bed Bath & Beyond stores nationwide and online from August 2007 through September 2009.

The recall also includes Faux Suede Roman Shades from Hanover Direct, Inc., which is also known as Domestications. Like with the other Roman shades, the inner cord on the backside of shade is exposed and can get caught around a child’s neck. The shades have a style number of 12810A printed on the packaging box, and a sticker with the letters WS is on the head rail. The shades were sold in ivory, taupe, gold, plum wine red, midnight blue, moss green and dark brown. They were sold through catalog sales at online at from January 2004 through December 2008.

The U.S. CPSC and the manufacturers recommend that consumers immediately stop using these shades and blinds and contact the sellers for a free repair kit.


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