Smith+Noble of Corona, California have recalled about 1.3 Roman and Roller shades. This includes 1,160,000 Roman shades and 115,000 roller shades. Strangulation can occur when a child places his or her neck between the exposed inner cord on the Roman shades and the fabric on the backside of the shade. Also when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his or her neck can be very dangerous. Injuries may also occur if the roller shade’s continuous loop cord is not attached to the wall with the tension device provided and a child’s neck becomes entangled in the freestanding loop. CPSC and the company have received a report of a five-year-old boy becoming entangled in an unsecured continuous loop bead cord on a roller shade in May of 2009. There have not been any more reports since the one in May.
The shades were sold exclusively at Smith+Noble online and through catalog sales nationwide from 1998 through April 2010. Some of the brand names are Smith+Noble, Jessitt Gold Shop Blinds, Window Elements and Christopher Lowell by Smith+Noble.
Consumers should stop using the shades and contact the Window Covering Safety Council for a free repair kit.