Blind Xpress, working in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a voluntary recall of custom-made vertical and horizontal blinds. In 2009, a child, 2, was reportedly strangled in the loop of a vertical blind cord that was not attached to the floor or wall.
These blinds have an adjustment cord that creates a loop that is not attached to a wall or floor. Therefore, in some instances, the loop has a weighted device at the bottom. A child can become entangled in this loop creating a strangulation risk.
The recall involves all Blind Xpress custom-made vertical blinds that don’t have a cord-tension device that attaches to the wall or floor. Also included in the recall are horizontal blinds that don’t have an inner cord device.
The recalled blinds were sold at various specialty stores in several states from January 1995 through December 2011.
The agency urges consumers to stop using the blinds and to contact the Window Covering safety Council (WSC) to procure a free repair kit. For more information, consumers are directed to call (800) 506-4636 or visit to visit them online at www.windowcoverings.org.