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Cedar Falls toddler death prompts nationwide Roman shade recall

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- The strangulation death of a Cedar Falls infant is prompting a nationwide recall of roman shades, roll-up blinds, and roller blinds by Hanover Direct, Inc.

Twenty-two-month-old Ben Ricketts died in May after he was found hanging by his neck from the outer pull cords of a Roman shade. The outer pull cords were knotted at the bottom. He was rescued by his father, but died later in the hospital.

In March 2008, a 2-year-old boy from Ocean View, Delaware climbed up on a toy chest to look out of a window and became entangled in the inner cords of a Roman shade. His parents removed the cord. No permanent injuries were sustained. This incident prompted a previous recall.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commissions says anyone with the recalled blinds should stop using them immediately. The CPSC reminds it's illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled product.

The recall includes about 495,000 Roman shades and 28,500 roller/roll-up blinds by Hanover Direct, Inc.

Hazards details below:

Roman Shades: Strangulations can occur when a child places his/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/her neck.

Roll-up Blinds: Strangulations can occur if the lifting loops slide off the side of the blind and a child's neck becomes entangled on the free-standing loop or if a child places his/her neck between the lifting loop and the roll-up blind material.

Roller Blinds: Strangulations can occur if the blind's continuous loop bead chain or continuous loop pull cord is not attached to the wall or the floor with the tension device provided and a child's neck becomes entangled in the free-standing loop.

Anyone using Roman shades with inner cords, all roll-up blinds, and all roller blinds that do not have a tension device should contact the Window Covering Safety Council at (800) 506-4636 anytime for free repair kits or visit www.windowcoverings.org.

Anyone using roller blinds with a tension device should make sure the tension device is attached to the continuous loop bead chain or continuous loop pull cord and is installed into the wall or floor.

For more information, contact Domestications or Hanover at (800) 453-1106 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET seven days a week, or visit the firm's websites at www.domestications.com or www.hanoverdirect.com.

The CPSC recommends the use of cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit.

 

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