50 million window blinds recalled

December 15, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced one of the largest recalls in history Tuesday affecting more than 50 million roman style shades and roll up blinds. They say the window coverings have led to eight deaths since 2001 and 16 near strangulations. News of their recall has parents throughout the central valley taking swift action.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Maria Cavallero is planning a home makeover because of the recall. "We have to change everything in the house. All the window treatments, we just have to change them all. We just can't risk it," said Cavallero.

Tuesday's recall amounts to nearly all roman shades and roll up blinds because of strangulation hazards posed by inner cords of the shades or the loops in roll up blinds. "If you imagine a crib is set up against a blind, and the child pulls himself up, somehow managing to get his head in between the drawstring and then lost his grip? Suddenly he's not able to self protect, that's where the danger is," said Children's Hospital Central California Trauma Coordinator Carlos Flores.

Flores says the recall's effects will be far reaching because they're in so many homes. It also highlights the need to stay on top of the many dangers within your child's environment.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is asking everyone to examine all blinds and shades in the home and use cordless window coverings in any homes where children live or visit. There are also free kits available to fix your roman shades or roll up blinds. To get one, you can call the Window Covering Safety Council at 1-800-506-4636.