Recalled: Nearly 250,000 Roman Shades
Roman shades and roll-up blinds from two different companies are being recalled because the Consumer Product Safety Commission believes they are unsafe. Here is what you need to know:

MEIJER RECALL

Meijer has added its name to the retailers joining the voluntary recall in December 2009 of ALL Roman shades and roll-up blinds.

About 240,000 Innovations and "At Home with Meijer" Roman Shades and Roll-Up Blinds are being recalled because strangulations can occur on the roll-up blinds if the lifting loops slide off the side of the blind and a child's neck becomes entangled. A child could also place his or her neck between the lifting loop and the roll-up blind material. As for the Roman shades, strangulations can occur when a child places his or 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 or her neck.

No injuries have been reported so far.

This recall involves all Innovations and "At Home with Meijer" Roman shades and roll-up blinds. The Roman shades are made with fabric or bamboo and the Roll-up blinds with bamboo. A label reading "Innovation" or "At Home with Meijer" can be found under the headrail.

The shades and blinds were sold at Meijer Stores and Meijer.com between January 2004 and December 2009 for about $40.

If you have them, contact the Window Covering Safety Council for a free repair kit at (800) 506-4636 anytime or visit www.windowcoverings.org.

LUTRON RECALL

Lutron Electronics has added its name to the retailers joining the voluntary recall announced in December 2009 of ALL Roman shades and roll-up blinds

About 5,000 Lutron Shading Solutions Roman Shades are being recalled because atrangulations can occur when a child places his or 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 or her neck. Also, in manual Roman shades, strangulations can also occur if the shade's looped bead chain is not attached to the wall or to the floor and a child's neck becomes entangled on the free-standing loop.

No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves all custom-ordered made-to-measure motorized and manual Lutron Shading Solutions Roman shades. The shades were sold in a variety of colors, fabrics, and sizes. Nearly all shades were professionally installed. "Lutron Shading Solutions" or "Lutron Shading Solutions by VIMCO" is printed on the packaging.

The shades and blinds were sold at specialty dealers and Expo Design Centers nationwide from January 2000 through August 2009 for between $120 and $4,500 per shade.

If you have them, contact Lutron Electronics to coordinate the removal, repair, and reinstallation of the shades. Consumers with manual Roman shades should also immediately check if the tension device is attached to the looped operating cord and installed into the wall or floor. If not attached, consumers should contact Lutron Electronics to receive a free repair kit. If the tension device is attached but not installed, consumers should immediately install the device into the wall or floor. If the consumer has difficulty installing the tension device, contact Lutron for further instructions.

For additional information, contact Lutron toll-free at (866) 793-4270 anytime, or visit the firm's Web site at www.lutron.com/CERUSromans.