The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in cooperation with Blind Xpress of Livonia, Mich. announced the recall of about 139,000 custom-made vertical and 315,000 horizontal blinds.
According to a news release, in 2009, a 2-year-old girl from Commerce Township, Mich.was reportedly strangled in the loop of a vertical blind cord that was not attached to the wall or floor.
Blind Xpress custom vertical blinds have an adjustment cord that forms a loop that is not attached to the wall or floor. In some instances, this loop has a weighted device at the bottom. The custom horizontal blinds do not have inner cord stop devices to prevent the accessible inner cords from being pulled out. A child can become entangled in a cord loop and be strangled.
The recall involves all Blind Xpress custom-made vertical blinds that do not have a cord-tensioning device that attaches to the wall or floor, as well as all horizontal blinds that do not have inner cord stop devices.
The blinds were sold at various blind specialty stores in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana from Jan. 1995 through Dec. 2011 for between $16 and $380.
The CPSC urged consumers to immediately stop using the window coverings and to contact the Window Covering Safety Council to receive a free repair kit. For more information, contact the WCSC at 800-506-4636.