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Window shades, blinds recalled after 3 strangulation deaths

Millions of window coverings are recalled by Lewis Hyman, Pottery Barn Kids, IKEA, Lutron, Vertical Land and Victoria Classics. Some were sold at Target and Expo Design Center stores.

August 27, 2009|Tiffany Hsu

Six companies are recalling millions of window coverings after the strangulation deaths of three children on product cords, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday.

Two deaths were attributed to products from Lewis Hyman Inc. of Carson. The company recalled 4.2 million roll-up blinds with plastic slats, sold nationwide from 1999 through 2003 for $6 to $20, and 600,000 Woolrich Roman shades, sold at Target from 2006 through 2008 for $25 to $43.

One death was attributed to a product by Vertical Land Inc. of Panama City Beach, Fla., which recalled thousands of blinds and shades that were sold at its Florida stores from 1992 to 2006 for $60 to $200.

Pottery Barn Kids/Williams-Sonoma Inc. of San Francisco recalled 85,000 Roman shades. The products were sold at Pottery Barn Kids from 2003 to 2007 for $30 to $60.

IKEA recalled 120,000 Melina Roman blinds, sold from 2006 to 2008 for $20 to $40.

About 245,000 Lutron Shading Solutions fabric roller shades are being recalled. Distributed by Lutron Electronics Co. of Coopersburg, Pa., they were sold at specialty dealers and Expo Design Centers nationwide from 2000 through this April for $200 to $2,000.

About 163,000 Roman shades in two styles -- thermal sailcloth and matchstick bamboo -- from Victoria Classics of Edison, N.J., are being recalled. The shades were sold at Target from September to June for $15 to $40.

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tiffany.hsu@latimes.com

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