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Large Window Blinds Recall Following One-Year Old's Death

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 Hardware, Inc.
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 since 2001.
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.
Consumers who have purchased Hanover Direct window coverings should call Hanover at 1-800-453-1106 for a repair kit. They are also available online from the Window Covering Safety Council at

To find out more about window blind and Roman shade recall lawsuits, contact a defective product lawyer today.

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