In accordance with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Meijer of Grand Rapids, Michigan, is recalling approximately 3,200 units of their product, “At Home with Meijer” and “Innovations” Roman shades and roll-up blinds, due to strangulation hazards to infants and young children. The Meijer company previously recalled approximately 240,000 units of their products due to the same hazards in March 2010. Additional retail sales after March 2010 have prompted the latest recall.
Parents of infants and young children are cautioned that strangulation can occur with the Roman shades “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.” With the roll-up blinds, “strangulation may 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.” http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12012.html
The manufacturer of the blinds is listed as Whole Space Industries LTD, of Centereach, N.Y., but the blinds were actually fabricated in Taiwan. These particular Roman shades and roll-up blinds were redistributed to stores and sold to consumers after the March 2010 recall and without a repair kit. The Roman shades are made from fabric and bamboo and the blinds are made from bamboo, as well. A label reading “At Home with Meijer” or “Innovations” can be found under the head rail of the blinds.
Consumers are cautioned to examine all window shades and blinds in their homes to make certain there are no accessible cords on the front, side, or back of the products. It is recommended by the CPSC to use cordless blinds in homes with infants and young children.
The blinds were sold by discount retailers, dollar stores, flea markets and other retail liquidators nationwide from March 2010 through September 2011 at various prices. The products were sold originally by Meijer stores from January 2004 through December 2009 for approximately $40 prior to the 2010 recall.
Consumers are advised to stop using the At Home with Meijer and Innovations roll-up blinds and Roman shades immediately and may contact Meijer for more information on (800) 927-8699 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern time, or visit the company’s website atwww.meijer.com They may also contact the Window Covering Safety Council for a free repair kit at (800) 506-4636 anytime or visitwww.windowcoverings.org. To learn more about this recall and view photos of the blinds and shades being recalled, visit the CPSC website at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12012.html.