Two separate recalls have been issued for Roman Shades, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. Both recalls were implemented due to strangulation hazard risks. The recalls involve Roman Shades sold by The Shade Store of Port Chester, New York and by the Wm. Wright Co., of Antioch, Tennessee.
Strangulations can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the blind or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck. To date, no incidents or injuries have been reported in connection with these two recalls.
The CPSC continues to remind consumers to examine all shades and blinds in your home to ensure there are no accessible cords on the front or back of these products. CPSC recommends the use of cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit.
The Shade Store
About 45,000 Roman Shades, which were manufactured in the United States by The Shade Store, of Port Chester, New York, have been recalled. This recall involves custom-made Roman shades that were made out of fabric and of woven wood. The shades do not have any permanent markings and were sold at five showroom locations and online at www.theshadestore.com from February 2006 through March 2011 for between $120 and $355 per shade. The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using the recalled shades and to call the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) for a free repair kit. The WCSC can be reached, toll-free, at 1.800.506.4636 anytime or at its website at www.windowcoverings.org. The Shade Store is contacting all known customers and can be reached, toll-free, at 1.800.754.1455 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wm. Wright Company
Wm. Wright has added its name to the manufacturers and retailers joining the voluntary recall announced in the December 2009 of ALL Roman shades and roll-up blinds. That recall notice can be accessed on the CPSC website at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10077.html.
About 48,000 Wm. Wright Roman Shade Make-it-Yourself Kits are being recalled and involve all WrightsÂ® â€œmy home make-it-yourselfâ€ Roman Shade Kits with item numbers 1451007001, 1451008001, or 1451008001A. The kit fits windows of a maximum size of 48 inches in width by 60 inches in length and includes 15 yards of Roman shade tape, 15 yards of drapery cord, 4-inch â€œLâ€ brackets, 18 screws, one cord cleat, and instructions. The item number and â€œWm. Wright Co.â€ can be found on the back of the package. The defective Roman Shades, which were manufactured in China, were sold at Walmart, Jo-Ann Stores, and other specialty textile and variety retail shops nationwide from December 2007 through June 2011 for between $20 and $25. The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using the Roman Shades and contact Wm. Wright for a free repair kit including a fabric voucher, new instructions, and warning tags. Unused kits should be returned to the place of purchase for a redesigned kit. Wm. Wright can be reached, toll-free,
at 1.800.545.5740 between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s website at www.simplicity.com.