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Published: Wednesday, 10/19/2011

Meijer shades, blinds recalled

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Window shades and blinds imported by Meijer have been recalled because of a strangulation hazard to children.

DETAILS: "Innovations" and "At Home with Meijer" Roman shades and roll-up blinds imported by Meijer, of Grand Rapids, Mich. and manufactured by Whole Space Industries LTD, of Centereach, N.Y.; sold at discount retailers, dollar stores, flea markets and other retail liquidators nationwide from March 2010 through September 2011. The shades were manufactured in Taiwan.

WHY: Roman Shades — A strangulation hazard can occur when a child's neck is 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 the neck.
Roll-up Blinds — A strangulation hazard 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 their neck between the lifting loop and the roll-up blind material.

INCIDENTS: None reported.

HOW MANY: About 3,200 units (240,000 originally recalled in March 2010).

FOR MORE: Contact the Window Covering Safety Council for a free repair kit at 800-506-4636 or visit www.windowcoverings.org. Contact Meijer at 800-927-8699 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT or visit the company's website at www.meijer.com.



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