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Linda Kaiser
Linda Kaiser campaign leader

IKEA Recall

IKEA Recalls 3 Million Window Blinds on Strangulation (Update1)
2010-06-10 21:08:36.718 GMT

(Adds comments from parents’ group in ninth paragraph.)

By Jeff Plungis
June 10 (Bloomberg) -- IKEA, the Swedish furniture
retailer, recalled 3.36 million window blinds after a child died
and two others were almost strangled, the U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission and Health Canada said.
The retailer is recalling roller, Roman and roll-up blinds,
the agencies said in a statement today. In each type, children
may get their necks tangled in loops or chains that are used to
raise or lower the window coverings.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., J.C. Penney Co. and Ace Hardware
Corp. were among U.S. retailers in a wider recall of 50 million
Roman shades and roll-up blinds in December.
Consumers should immediately stop using all Roman and all
roll-up blinds and return them to IKEA for a full refund, the
agency said.
Roller blinds that don’t have a tension device attached to
the chain shouldn’t be used, the agencies said. Models with the
tension device should be installed into a wall or floor and IKEA
will provide assistance for the work, the agencies said.
U.S. safety regulators and IKEA received a report of a 1-
year-old boy in Lowell, Massachusetts, who was almost strangled
in February, according to the statement.

Tangled Cords

In April 2008, a 1-year-old girl in Greenwich, Connecticut,
became entangled in the inner cord of an IKEA Roman blind and
strangled, the CPSC said. The agency and IKEA received a report
of a 2-year-old boy who was almost strangled. Both of those
reports prompted previous recalls, the regulator said. No
incidents have been reported with roll-up blinds.
Janice Simonsen, a U.S. spokeswoman for IKEA, didn’t return
a phone call seeking comment.
Manufacturers should offer cordless blinds to ensure
children are safe, said Linda Kaiser, a Chicago mother who
founded Parents for Window Blind Safety after her 1-year-old
daughter, Cheyenne, was strangled by a cord in 2002.
Five children have been killed by window cords so far this
year, after 13 died last year and 22 in 2008, Kaiser said. Last
month, Maryland became the first U.S. state to adopt a law
banning from foster homes and day-care centers window coverings
with cords, Kaiser said.
Consumers were directed by the agency to call IKEA toll-
free at 1-888-966-4532 or visit the website for more
IKEA sold the blinds in the U.S. and Canada from January
1998 through June 2009 for $5 to $55, the agencies said.

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