WASHINGTON -- Thousands of roman shades and blinds are being recalled after the death of a 22-month-old boy in Iowa.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says Hanover Direct Inc. (also known as Domestications, The Company Store, and Company Kids) of Weehawken, N.J. , has agreed to recall about 495,000 roman shades and about 28,000 blinds.
The boy whose death prompted the recall died in May after becoming tangled and trapped in the pull cord of a roman shade. He was found hanging by the neck and was rescued by his father, but died later at a hospital.
The recall comes as the industry crafts a better standard to make window coverings in American homes safer for children.
The CPSC says consumers should immediately stop using all Roman shades with inner cords, all roll-up blinds, and all roller blinds that do not have a tension device. Owners are advised to contact the Window Covering Safety Council at (800) 506-4636 anytime for free repair kits.
They can also visit www.windowcoverings.org.
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