IKEA Stores Recalling 3.36 Million Window Blinds After Strangulations

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.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., J.C. Penney Co. and Ace Hardware Corp. were among U.S. retailers in a wider recall of 50 million Roman shades and roll-up blinds in December.

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.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jeff Plungis in Washington at jplungis@bloomberg.net.

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