As a parent, you want to do everything you can to make sure your child is safe. Unfortunately, even common household items can pose a danger. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is responsible for “protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products…” The agency reports that injuries, fatalities, and property loss related to consumer products costs taxpayers more than $1 trillion every year.
Dangerous Window Shades Recalled
Recently, the CPSC announced that popular window covering company Blinds To Go is voluntarily recalling about 200,000 window shades due to a strangulation hazard posed by a particular shade’s potentially dangerous hold-down device. The company sells its window coverings in stores and online.
According to the CPSC, the hold-down device is designed to keep the shade’s cord in place. The device is comprised of a clear, plastic, P-shaped hook that the homeowner must screw into the windowsill or window casing. The cord can then be clipped into the plastic holder to keep it within easy reach. The problem is that young children can become entangled in the cord when it is the clipped position. The recall applies to all Blinds To Go custom-made roller shades with Sidewinders, Panel Tracks, Serenity shades, and Smartlift pleated and cellular shades. Shades included in the recall were sold between January 2009 and November 2014. Consumers can contact the company online or through its customer service number to receive a free retrofit kit to eliminate the danger.