From Our 2010 Archives
Lowe's Recalls 11 Million Shades, Blinds
Action Follows 2009 Recall of 52 Million Shades/Blinds by Other Firms
By Daniel J. DeNoon
Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD
Dec. 1, 2010 -- Lowe's has recalled 11 million Roman shades and roll-up blinds after two children nearly strangled in the products' loose cords.
The action comes one year after other firms recalled 52 million similar products. Spurring that recall were reports of five deaths and 16 near strangulations in Roman shades since 2006 and three deaths in roll-up blinds since 2001.
The Lowe's recall includes about 6 million Roman shades and about 5 million roll-up blinds. It includes all styles and sizes of these products. The recall does not include Roman shades with repair kits and roll-up blinds with release clips below the head rail on the back side of the blind.
Consumers should stop using the recalled shades and blinds and contact the Window Covering Safety Council for free repair kits at 800-506-4636 any time or at the windowcoverings.org web site.
SOURCES: News releases, Consumer Product Safety Commission.