Florida Products Liability – Increase in Number of Window Blind Recalls – Important Safety Measure for Children and Consumers

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So far this year, there have been four major recalls of window blinds in the U.S. due to strangulation hazards. The latest recall involves over 3.3 million blinds sold by international retail giant IKEA in the U.S. and Canada.
According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC), IKEA is voluntarily recalling the following blinds:
Roller Blinds: Strangulations can occur if the blind’s looped bead chain is not attached to the wall or the floor with the tension device provided and a child’s neck becomes entangled in the freestanding loop.
Roman Blinds: 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. An additional hazard exists when the Roman blind has a continuous looped bead chain that if not attached to the wall or floor, which poses a strangulation hazard to children.
Roll-up Blinds: Strangulations can occur if the lifting loops slide off the side of the blind and a child’s neck becomes entangled on the free-standing loop or if a child places his/her neck between the lifting loop and the roll-up blind material.
IKEA had the first recall of its Roman Blinds last December after receiving reports of the death of a 1-year-old girl in Connecticut and the near-strangulation of a 2-year-old boy. It issued the latest recall after another near-strangulation report involving a 1-year-old Massachusetts boy.

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