November 2010 - Hanover Direct, Inc. recalled 523,500 window blinds after
a child was strangled by a pull-cord. The recall includes Roman shades
and roll-up blinds sold through Hanover's Domestications, Company
Store and Company Kids brands. Hanover recalled 90,000 window coverings
in October 2009. That recall was prompted by a March 2008 near-strangling
death of a 2 year old boy.
Inez Tenenbaum, Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission,
told the window-covering industry this month that it needed to speed up
its efforts to write tougher design rules to prevent future strangling deaths.
In June, Swedish furniture retailer Ikea recalled over 3 million window
blinds after one child died and two others were almost strangled.
In December 2009, the CPSC assisted in one of the agency's largest
recalls--removing more than 50 million Roman and roll-up blinds. The products
involved in that recall were sold at such retailers as Wal-Mart Stores,
Inc., Pottery Barn outlets owned by Williams-Sonoma, Inc. and Restoration
Since 2006, the CPSC has received reports of five deaths and 16 near strangulations
in Roman shades. Three deaths involving roll-up blinds have been reported
The fatality that prompted Hanover's recall this month involved a 22-month-old
boy in Iowa. He was found in May, hanging from the neck in the pull cord
of a Roman shade. The boy was taken to the hospital by his father where
he later died.