Some 79,000 Circo Beaded Door Curtains have been recalled for strangulation risk, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.
The recalled product was manufactured in China by FAB/Starpoint LLC, of New York, New York, and was sold by Target Corp., of Minneapolis, Minneapolis.
Strangulations can occur when a child plays with the beaded strands by wrapping the strands around his/her neck; by creating loops with the strands in which a child can insert his/her head; and by becoming entangled in the strands, which are prone to entangle, by simply running through a doorway in which the strands have been hung.
To date, FAB/Starpoint has received three reports of entanglement: In January 2009, a nine-year old girl was entangled when passing through the beads. She nearly choked as she continued walking through the curtain. In January 2010, a six-year old girl in Reno, Nevada became entangled in the bead strands as she passed through them; she suffered some lacerations to her neck. In April 2010, a girl became entangled as the beads swung back behind her father who had walked through the beads before her. She was pulled off her feet and momentarily suspended before she regained her footing. This little girl suffered scratches to her neck.
The Circo pink door curtain is a set of two beaded door curtains. Both are 12 inches in width by 72 inches in length. The defective product was sold exclusively at Target stores nationwide and at target.com from January 2009 through May 2010 for between $13 at target.com and $15 in stores.
The warnings on the packaging include the following statement: “Not for use in areas with children under 5 years of age. Plastic ornaments may pose strangulation or entanglement hazard. Not for use near cribs or playpens…” A caution statement on the installation instructions states: “Do not tie bottom to form loops.” Also, the packaging includes a photograph of an installed door curtain at the doorway of a girl’s bedroom with pink wall color and a child-themed lamp and clock.
The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately take down the curtains and contact FAB/Starpoint for a full refund. The firm can be reached, toll-free, at 1.888.333.2684 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s website at www.fabny.com.
The CPSC noted that FAB/Starpoint will provide a postage-free package to consumers to return the recalled Circo door curtain and notes that it is illegal to resell or to attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.