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Child Fatality Results in Blinds Xpress Recall

By Alpert Schreyer on September 17, 2012

Michigan-based Blinds Xpress has issued a recall in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for 139,000 custom-made vertical blinds and 315,000 horizontal blinds. In 2009, a two-year-old girl died due to being strangled in the loop of a vertical blind cord; since then, investigators have looked into the safety of the blinds, which were sold from January 1995 through December 2011.

Both types of blinds have their own unique hazards. The vertical blinds have an adjustment cord that has a loop with a weighted device at the bottom and does not attach to the wall or floor. This could become dangerous if a child gets his or her head caught in it. The horizontal blinds have inner cords that connect the individual blinds, which can be pulled out since they do not have a stop device. This can easily form a loop that may strangle a child. Because of the likelihood of these fatal accidents, the CPSC and Blinds Xpress are providing a repair kit to solve the dangerous problem to all owners.

To receive a free repair kit, blinds owners can contact the Window Covering Safety Council at (800) 506-4636 or by visiting www.windowcoverings.org.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence or oversight of a manufacturer, a St. Mary’s County product liability lawyer at Alpert Schreyer can provide you with the legal representation needed to combat manufacturers that attempt to prevent you from finding fair compensation. Call our offices today at (844) 632-7274 for more information on how we are able to aid you in your claim.

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