As a Chicago personal injury attorney, I attempt to make the public aware of product recalls. The following is a recent recall, that has serious consequences. If you own these products, please take action quickly. Lowe's recalled approximately 11 million blinds and Roman shades on Wednesday following concerns that children could strangle on the cords of the products. The recall involves all styles and sizes of Roman shades and roll-up blinds sold by Lowe's – about 6 million shades and 5 million roll-up blinds.” (Washington AP, 12/1). The recalled blinds were shelved and sold at Lowe's stores nationwide from 1999 through June of 2010.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission states that two children found their way to the exposed cords on the backside of the Roman shades and became entangled in it. Both times, the children were looking out of the window. These terrifying near tragedies involved “a 2-year-old boy in Colorado [who] was found with the inner cord wrapped around his arm and neck… [and] a 4-year-old boy from South Carolina [who] suffered a rope burn to his neck after getting tangled in the cord of a shade.”