Blinds Recall Tops 11 Million

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NEW YORK (MainStreet) – Lowe’s (Stock Quote: LOW) recalled more than 11 million blinds and shades following reports of two near-strangulations involving children, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

Lowe’s, a popular home improvement supply store, will voluntarily recall about 6 million Roman shades and 5 million roll-up blinds. The Roman shades were sold in Lowe’s stores nationwide from 1999 until June of this year, and the roll-up blinds were sold until January 2005.

The recall was prompted by two incidents during the past year involving young children coming close to strangling themselves with these products. In one case, a 2-year-old boy from Colorado was found with a cord from the Roman shade wrapped around his neck and arm.

The CPSC urges consumers to “stop using the recalled Roman shades and roll-up blinds immediately and contact the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) for free repair kits at (800) 506-4636.”

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