Window blinds pose danger

times wire services

About 677,300 Ikea and Green Mountain Vista window blinds and shades are being recalled after a young child died.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said a 1-year-old Connecticut girl was strangled when she was caught in the cord of a set of Ikea Roman blinds over her playpen. The agency also received a report of a 2-year-old girl who was nearly strangled on the beaded-chain loop from a set of Green Mountain Vista shades.

The recall includes about 670,000 Iris and Alvine Roman blinds sold at Ikea stores nationwide between July 2005 and June 2008. The blinds can be returned to any Ikea store for a full refund.


Also recalled are about 7,300 insulated blackout roller shades and insulated Roman shades manufactured in China by Green Mountain Vista Inc. The shades were sold around the country through retailer catalogs and websites between June 2005 and September 2008.

Green Mountain Vista shade owners should check to see whether the tension device is attached. If not, contact the company for a free repair kit and installation instructions. Information: (800) 639-1728.