American Morning

Tune in at 6am Eastern for all the news you need to start your day.
December 15th, 2009
07:30 AM ET

Recall of millions of roman shades and roll up blinds


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer products. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Company – Number of Units –  Sold At

Window Covering Safety Council – All Roman shades (25 million) and Roll-up blinds (27 million) Retailers nationwide

Walmart – 500,000 Roman shades 600,000 Roll-up blinds – Walmart stores and other retailers

JCPenney – X million Roman Shades 340 Roll-up blinds – JCPenney

Lotus and Windoware – 250,000 Roll-up Blinds – Ace Hardware and Big Lots

All Strong Industry – 290,000 Roman shades – Walmart stores and other retailers

Pottery Barn Stores – 350,000 Roman shades 45,000 Roller shades – Pottery Barn Kids, Pottery Barn, and PBTeens

International Merchandise – 355,000 Roll-up Blinds – Big Lots

West Elm – 42,00 Roman shades – West Elm’s catalog and website

Louis Hornick – 6,000 Roman shades – Ross Stores

The Land of Nod – 2,000 Roman shades – Land of Nod Stores

For more information, visit

Filed under: Business
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. mark at roll up shades

    It also depends on how the parent take charge of the situation.
    Hoping for improvement in the technology used so as to increase the safety of the kids.

    January 28, 2010 at 3:20 am |
  2. Gerry

    Maybe parents should take some responsibility and keep items that could possibly cause a problem out of view and reach of the child. I take responsibility of what happens in my home and I also make sure that possible problems are eliminated before a problem. What is next? The car the dog the child!

    December 16, 2009 at 1:00 pm |
  3. Gerald

    Waiting for my lawnmower to be recalled and replaced with a goat.

    December 15, 2009 at 3:02 pm |
  4. Alan

    Some accidents may not be avoidable. Other incidents are avoidable. Window covering deaths can be eliminatedby a redesign of window coverings to (1) eliminate the cord or (2) make the cord inaccessibele or (3) shorten the cords to no more than 7 exposed inches. The consequence of poor design should not be the death of a child.

    December 15, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  5. Jason

    Just because my neighbors dog gets hit by a car, does that mean cars should be recalled? The point is with all the unknowns in life we need to realize sometimes accidents happen.

    December 15, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  6. Gill

    I do not understand why this is still going on. My son is 21 years old. When he was an infant we were warned not to use blinds with cords that were a potential hazzard for strangulation for infants. That was 21 years ago. Why has the industry not stopped making these blinds with dangerous cords?

    December 15, 2009 at 8:26 am |