Millions Of Window Blinds And Roman Shades Recalled - Pose Strangulation Risk To Children
Millions of window blinds and Roman shades are being recalled because they pose a strangulation danger to children.

The items are made by several different manufacturers. They were sold at major national retailers such as IKEA, Target and Pottery Barn, as well as smaller specialty stores.

* Lewis Hyman Inc., of Carson, California is recalling about 4.2 million roll-up blinds and 600,000 Roman shades. * IKEA is recalling 120,000 roman blinds. * Pottery Barn is recalling 85,000 Roman shades. * Target is recalling 163,000 bamboo Roman shades. * Lutron is recalling 245,000 roller shades.

A child could be strangled if the lifting loops slide off the side of the blinds and the child's neck becomes entangled in the loop. A child could also place his or her neck between the loop and the blind material.

The Roman shades are hazardous if a child places his or her neck between the inner cord and the fabric on the back of the blind. A child could also pull the cord out and wraps it around his or her neck.


This recall involves roll-up blinds without release clips and all Woolrich Roman shades. The roll-up blinds have small plastic oval-shaped slats. The blinds are 72" or 96" long. The bottom rail has a WARNING label advising that "Young children can become entangled" and a label that reads "Lewis Hyman, Inc."

The Woolrich Roman shades come in twill and micro-suede fabric. The head rail has two labels that read "Lewis Hyman, Inc.," and "LHI, 005301, Made in China."

The Roman shades were sold at Target stores and from March 2006 through December 2008. The roll-up blinds were sold at retail stores nationwide from January 1999 through December 2003.

Roll-up blinds that have release clips right below the head rail on the back of the blind are not included in this recall.

Consumers should immediately check the backside of the roll-up blinds to determine if they have release clips. If the roll-up blind does not have release clips, stop using it immediately and contact Lewis Hyman for a free repair kit.

If you have the Roman shades, you're encouraged to stop using them and contact Lewis Hyman for a free repair kit, which will be available in September. Contact Lewis Hyman at (877) 354-5457.


About 120,000 MELINA Roman Blinds sold at IKEA are being recalled after the CPSC and IKEA received a report of a 2-year-old boy who was nearly strangled. His mother found him hanging from the looped bead chain.

This recall includes all sizes and colors of MELINA Roman blinds. They have a label at the top edge of the blind with the IKEA logo, article name (MELINA), 5-digit supplier number 19395, four digit date stamp (YYWW) and the words "Made in Taiwan." On the bottom edge, there is an orange & white safety warning label.

The blinds were sold at IKEA stores from August 2006 through June 2008. If you have the recalled Roman blinds, stop using them and return them to any IKEA store for a full refund. Contact IKEA at (888) 966-4532.


Pottery Barn is recalling 85,000 Roman shades after the CPSC and IKEA received six reports of children becoming entangled in the cord on the back of the shade. Four children were found with cords entangled around their necks... and had to be cut free with scissors. Two children were found with red marks around their necks after they freed themselves.

This recall involves all sizes and colors of Pottery Barn Kids Roman shades with exposed inner cords on the back. Two labels are located at the bottom edge of the shade. The smaller label identifies the manufacturer as "Pottery Barn Kids" while the second larger label warns that "Cords and bead chains can loop around child's neck and STRANGLE."

Roman shades with a fabric covering over the cords are not being recalled.

The shades were sold in the Pottery Barn Kids catalog and through from January 2003 through May 2007. If you have the recalled Roman shades, you're encouraged to contact Pottery Barn Kids to receive a merchandise card for the purchase value. Contact Pottery Barn Kids at (800) 492-1949.


Target is recalling about 163,000 Thermal Sailcloth and Matchstick Bamboo Roman Shades.

This recall includes two styles of shades – Thermal Sailcloth and Matchstick Bamboo Roman Shades. All have a small label on the back that reads "home, Made in China." The shades measure about 64" long. They were sold in coffee, red, ivory, tan and brown.

The recalled shades were sold at Target and from September 2008 through June of this year. If you have them, stop using them and contact Victoria Classics for a free repair kit at (800) 583-9845.


Lutron Electronics Inc. is recalling about 245,000 roller shades.

This recall involves custom-ordered made-to-measure manual roller shades sold in a variety of colors, fabrics, and sizes. They have a label that reads "Lutron Shading Solutions" and "800-446-1503." The shade was sold with a hang tag warning consumers that "young children can STRANGLE in cord and bead chain loops." Nearly all shades were professionally installed.

The roller shades were sold at specialty dealers and Expo Design Centers from January 2000 through April of this year. Contact Lutron Electronics for a free repair kit at (866) 793-4270.