IKEA, the global Swedish furniture retailer, recalled 3.36 million window blinds after a child died and two others were almost strangled, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada said.
The retailer is recalling roller, Roman and roll-up blinds, the agencies said in a statement today. In each type, children may get their necks tangled in loops or chains that are used to raise or lower the window coverings.
Consumers should immediately stop using all Roman and all roll-up blinds and return them to IKEA for a full refund, the agency said.
Roller blinds that don’t have a tension device attached to the chain shouldn’t be used, the agencies said. IKEA will provide the device and assistance for installation, the agencies said.
U.S. safety regulators and IKEA received a report of a 1- year-old boy in Lowell, Massachusetts, who almost strangled in February, according to the statement.
In April 2008, a 1-year-old girl in Greenwich, Connecticut, became entangled in the inner cord of an IKEA Roman blind and strangled, the CPSC said. The agency and IKEA received a report of a 2-year-old boy who almost strangled. Both of those reports prompted previous recalls, the regulator said. No incidents reported have been reported with roll-up blinds.
Consumers were directed by the agency to call IKEA toll- free at 1-888-966-4532 or visit the website for more information.
IKEA sold the blinds in the U.S. and Canada from January 1998 through June 2009 for $5 to $55, the agency said.