Blind Xpress announced a recall of 350,000 window blinds following the death of a Michigan child. Involved in the recall are 139,000 custom made vertical and 315,000 horizontal blinds.
A two-year-old girl from Commerce Township, Michigan died in 2009 after strangling in the loop of a defective Blind Xpress vertical blind cord that was not attached to the floor or wall.
The recalled vertical blinds lack a cord-tensioning device that attached to the wall or floor and the recalled horizontal blinds lack an inner cord stop device. The blinds were sold at specialty stores in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana from January 1995 through December 2011.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission advises consumers to immediately stop use of the window coverings and contact the Window Covering Safety Council to obtain a free repair kit.
For more information, contact the Ohio product liability attorneys at Clark, Perdue & List.
Source: Columbus Dispatch, “Child’s death prompts window blinds recall,” Reuters, September 6, 2012.