When adults think of household items that could be potentially hazardous to a newly mobile baby, they probably come up with things like knives, scissors and heavy pans that could slip and fall. However, there may also be unsuspected hazards hanging over windows. On Sept. 6, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced an immediate recall of window blinds manufactured by Blind Xpress due to the 2009 death of a 2-year-old who was strangled by the hanging adjustment cord.
More than 139,000 vertical and 315,000 horizontal blinds were recalled. The custom vertical blinds have a hanging loop used to adjust the amount of light that comes through. Some designs include a weight at the bottom of the loop. It's these cord loops that are potentially dangerous to children. In addition, custom horizontal blinds, which also have the cord loops, do not contain a stopper that prevents the cord from being pulled out and becoming loose.
The products were exclusively sold in stores located in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana between 1995 and 2011. Current owners can request a free repair kit. In addition, the CPSC encourages anyone who observes an injury because of these window blinds to report it.
This means that parents need to be extra careful when baby proofing the house after pregnancy. When infants learn to walk, there are countless things they can get into, which makes regular items, like window blinds, a possible threat. You want to make sure something as harmless looking as an adjustment cord is out of the reach of little hands.
Do you know anyone with these blinds? What do you think of the recall? Are there other things that you found to be threatening to the safety of a baby that many new parents may overlook? Leave your answers in the comments section!