IKEA has expanded a recall of window blinds to nearly 5 million after a report of another child getting strangled by a cord, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.
This recall adds about 3.4 million Roman, roller and roll-up blinds to previous IKEA recalls of Roman blinds and roller blinds involving a total of more than 1.3 million blinds in the U.S. The Roman blind recall in 2008 followed the death of a 1 year old in Connecticut. The most recent incident was the near-strangulation of a toddler from Lowell, Mass.
Most of the window blind industry united late last year to recall nearly every blind on the market following a spate of strangulation deaths. The unprecedented recall was intended to draw attention to the problem and provide solutions for people who have children in or visiting their homes.
The main issue is that the cords or chains used to pull up the blinds can end up in a loop that a child can get trapped in. More than 200 children have died from strangulation by these cords over the past two decades.
The blinds being recalled by IKEA are those that do not have an attached tension device. They were sold from January 1998 through this month for $5-$55 at IKEA stores across the country. The blinds were made in either India, Estonia, China or Poland.
If you have one of the blinds that does not have a tension device, return them to any IKEA store for a refund.
For more information, call IKEA at (888) 966-4532 anytime, or go to IKEA recall page.
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