Bind Xpress, based in Livonia, Mich., is announcing the recall of about 139,000 custom-made vertical and 315,000 horizontal blinds.
In 2009, a 2-year-old girl from Commerce Township, Mich., reportedly strangled in the loop of a vertical blind cord that wasn’t attached to the wall or floor, Blind Xpress and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement.
Blind Xpress custom vertical blinds have an adjustment cord that forms a loop, which isn’t attached to the wall or floor. In some cases, the loop has a weighted device at the bottom.
The custom horizontal blinds don’t have inner cord stop devices to prevent the accessible inner cords from being pulled out. A child can become entangled in a cord loop and strangle.
This recall involves all Blind Xpress custom-made vertical blinds that don’t have a cord-tensioning device that attaches to the wall or floor, as well as all horizontal blinds that don’t have inner cord stop devices.
Manufactured in the United States, the blinds were sold at blind specialty stores in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana from January 1995 through December 2011. The cost was between $16 and $380.
Consumers should immediately stop using the window coverings and contact the Window Covering Safety Council to receive a free repair kit. For more information, contact the WCSC toll-free at 800-506-4636 anytime or visit www.windowcoverings.org.
For details on other recalls, see www.recalls.gov.