By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a warning and recall notice for roman shades sold by Ethan Allen Design Centers under the Ethan Allen brand name. The recall involves over 150,000 shades, which are said to pose a strangulation threat if a child places his or her neck between the inner cord and the fabric back of the shade, or if the child wraps the inner cord or exposed loop around his or her neck.
The recall is for all styles and sizes of roman shades, which were custom, made-to-order shades priced between four hundred and a thousand dollars. The shades were made in a wide variety of colors, sizes and fabrics, and bear no markings indicating that they are Ethan Allen brand shades. Affected shades were sold at the stores from 1999 through December 2009.
Parents who have installed these shades in their homes should remove the shades from use immediately and contact the store where the shades were purchased to request a free repair kit. Many children have become entangled in the chords, and three children have been killed.
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission would like to remind all consumers to carefully inspect any shades in their home to be sure that there are no exposed cords or inner cords. If such cords are found and children are likely to be present in the home, the shades should be replaced immediately.
See product pictures and get Ethan Allen recall contact information at the CPSC website: Risk of Strangulation Prompts Recall to Repair Roman Shades by Ethan Allen.