Risk of strangulation prompts recall of window blinds

The deaths of three children has prompted the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall two styles of blinds sold at stores in the United States.

Though its products are not related to the deaths, Cost Plus Inc. has agreed to recall its roman shades and roll-up blinds after they were found to pose a strangulation risk, according to an advisory by the commission.

The roman shades and roll-up blinds have several sets of looped cords that are exposed and pose a risk to small children, the commission said.

"No incidents or injuries have been reported with the roman shades of the roll-up blinds involved in this recall," the release said.

"However, [the commission] is aware of the death of children who became entangled in the lifting cord of a roll-up style blind whose manufacturer and retailer has not yet been identified and at least two deaths involving exposed inner cords on various styles of roman-style shades."

Consumers are being advised to stop using the recalled products and to return the items to the purchasing store for a refund.

About 692,400 of the blinds were sold at Cost Plus and World Market stores in the United States from February 2006 to August 2008.

The blinds, which vary in size and pattern, were manufactured in India and China. Most sold for between $25 and $60.

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