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1-Year-Olds Strangulation Death Leads to Recall of 670,000 IKEA Blinds

The death of a 1-year-old girl has prompted a voluntary recall by IKEA Home Furnishings of some 670,000 IRIS and ALVINE Roman blinds in the United States. The recall also includes 4.8 million blinds that were sold outside the country.
According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, the toddler died after her neck became entangled in the blind’s inner cord. Her playpen had been placed underneath an IKEA Roman Blind that had been fully lowered. She was discovered partially suspended by the cord.

The IKEA blinds affected by the recall involve all IRIS and ALVINE Roman Blinds in the color white. Consumers are being warned to stop using the blinds immediately and return them to an IKEA store for a complete refund.
Furniture Hazards
Infants and toddlers can easily get their heads caught in furniture and other items around the house—especially if the household item is a dangerous or defective product. Common furniture items that can pose a strangulation hazard to kids include:

  • Cribs
  • Playpens
  • Recliner chairs
  • Bunk beds
  • Drapery cords
  • Window blind cords

Children younger than age 5 are especially at risk of getting hurt in a strangulation accident involving the cords for the drapes or window blinds.
According to Parents for Window Blind Safety, hundreds of children have died because of corded window treatments since 1973. Many injuries that occur every year go unreported. Reported injuries have included paralysis, brain damage, strangulation injuries, kidney failure, blindness, and death.
The CPSC says that there were 160 strangulations involving window blind cords between 1991 to 2000. On the same day the CPSC announced IKEA’s voluntary recall, Green Mountain Vista Inc. announced a separate recall of 7,300 Insulated Roman Shades and Blackout Roller Shades. In May, a 2-year-old girl was nearly strangled when she put the blind’s loose bead cord loop around her neck and fell from the radiator she was standing on. Green Mountain Vista will provide a tension repair kit if the tension device is missing from the blinds.
Death prompts IKEA blind recall, Chicago Tribune, November 21, 2008
Strangulation Death of a Child Prompts Recall of Roman Blinds; Sold Exclusively at IKEA, CPSC.gov, November 20, 2008
Children Can Strangle in Window Covering Cords, CPSC.gov
Near Strangulation of Child Prompts Recall to Repair Window Blinds by Green Mountain Vista, CPSC.gov, November 20, 2008
Related Web Resources:
Parents for Window Blind Safety
IKEA
Green Mountain Vista

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