WASHINGTON (AP) - Ikea is recalling 3.36 million window blinds
and shades after a child nearly strangled on a cord.
The recall covers three styles of shades: Roman shades and
roll-up blinds sold at Ikea stores nationwide over more than 11
years, from January 1998 to June 2009, and roller blinds from that
time period that don't have certain tension devices.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall
Thursday after receiving a new report of a 1½-year-old boy in
Lowell, Mass., who nearly strangled earlier this year.
The recalled blinds are dangerous for young children because
their necks can become entangled in the cords. In the roller blinds, in which material gathers at the top of
the blind when it's adjusted, a child can strangle when the blind's
bead chain is not attached to the wall or floor with a tension
In Ikea roll-up blinds, which gather material at the bottom, a
child's neck can become caught if the adjustment loop slides off
In the Roman shades, a child can strangle if caught between the
inner cord and the backside of the shade, or if the shade has a
pull chain not attached to the wall or floor.
The consumer agency said Ikea was adding its name to the
retailers joining the voluntary recall announced last year of all
Roman shades and roll-up blinds.
Millions of shades and blinds were recalled after the government
received reports of at least five deaths and 16 near strangulations
since 2006 from Roman shades and at least three deaths since 2001
from roll-up blinds.
The safety agency estimates about 500 children have strangled on
the cords of blinds and shades since the early 1980s, an average of
about one child each month.
The blinds recalled Thursday, distributed by Ikea Home
Furnishings, of Conshohocken, Pa., were made in India, Estonia,
China, and Poland.
Ikea has previously recalled hundreds of thousands of other
Roman shades and roller blinds in the past two years after a
1-year-old girl died and a 2-year-old boy had a close call.