The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), with which Lowe's is cooperating, says it is aware of two incidents where children had become entangled in the exposed cord found on the backside of the Roman shades while looking out windows.
In Nov. 2009, a two-year-old boy from Arvada, Colo., was found with the inner cord wrapped around his arm and neck, the CPSC said; and in Jul. 2010, a four-year-old boy from Lexington, S.C., suffered rope burn to his neck after becoming entangled in the cord of a Roman shade. There haven't been any complaints about the roll-up blinds yet.
The CPSC says this recall involves all styles and sizes of Roman shades and roll-up blinds sold by Lowe's. The Roman shades were sold at Lowe's stores, other retail stores and at www.lowes.com since at least 1999 through Jun. 2010. The roll-up blinds were on sale in the same places between at least 1999 and Jan. 2005. The products were made in China, United States, Mexico and Taiwan.
The CPSC said consumers should stop using the recalled Roman shades and roll-up blinds immediately and contact the Window Covering Safety Council for free repair kits at 800-506-4636. Lowe's can be contacted at 800-445-6937.
-- Written by Andrea Tse in New York.
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