Lowe’s has decided to join the voluntary recall of Roman shades and roll-up blinds, which is part of a year-long campaign by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to remove these products from the market because of the hazards they pose to young children.
For Lowe’s, the recall means all styles and sizes of Roman shades and roll-up blinds sold by the North Carolina retailer since 1999 -- approximately 6 million shades and 5 million roll-up blinds -- are being recalled.
Consumers should stop using the recalled Roman shades and roll-up blinds immediately and contact the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) for free repair kits at (800) 506-4636 or visit windowcoverings.org . Consumers can also get information on the recall from Lowes.com.
In December 2009, the CPSC, in cooperation with Wal-Mart, JC Penney, Pottery Barn, Meijer and other retailers, issued a massive voluntary recall of roll-up blinds and shades after receiving reports of deaths and near strangulations from loose cords.
In the Dec. 1, 2010, Lowe’s announcement, the CPSC said it was aware of two incidents of children who became entangled in the exposed cord found on the backside of Roman shades while looking out of windows. In November 2009, a 2-year-old boy from Arvada, Colo., was found with the inner cord wrapped around his arm and neck. In July 2010, a 4-year-old boy from Lexington, S.C., suffered a rope burn to his neck after becoming entangled in the cord of a Roman shade. No incidents have been reported related to roll-up blinds.