cord that might entrap and choke unsupervised
A recall of nearly 500,000 window blinds from Blind Xpress in Linovia, Mich., has been issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The horizontal and custom-made vertical blinds have cords that can strangle young children, warns the federal agency.
As with previous recalls of window blinds. the Blind Xpress models have adjustment cords that might entangle unsupervised children.
Consumer-safety groups, such as Consumer Reports, and industry associations, including the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC), have for years warned about the strangulation hazard in window blinds. The WCSC has information on basic cord safety and offers a free repair kit to modify hazardous blinds such as those from Blind Xpress.
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If you own the recalled Xpress window blinds, immediately stop using the window coverings and contact the WCSC (800-506-4636; www.windowcoverings.org) to receive a free repair kit.