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Millions of shades, blinds recalled in U.S. due to safety hazard

12-02-2010 09:28 BJT

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on Wednesday announced a voluntary recall of about 6 million Roman shades and 5 million roll-up blinds which might pose a strangulation hazard to children.

"Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed," the agency said in a statement. "It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product."

The agency said the recall was being conducted in cooperation with retail giant Lowe's.

CPSC said it is aware of two incidents of children that became entangled in the exposed cord found on the backside of Roman shades while looking out of windows.

This recall involves all styles and sizes of Roman shades and roll-up blinds sold by Lowe's, said the agency.

But Roman shades with repair kits and roll-up blinds with release clips right below the head rail on the backside of the blind are not included in this recall, CPSC said.

The recalled Roman shades were sold at Lowe's stores, other retail stores, and online from at least 1999 to 2010. The roll-up blinds were sold between 1999 and 2005.

CPSC said consumers should stop using the window coverings and get free repair kits by contacting the Window Covering Safety Council at 1-800-506-4636 or by going to the council's Web site.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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