Child deaths spur recall of nearly all roman blinds and shades


In one of the largest recalls in history, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is calling for the repair of nearly every roman blind and shade amid growing concerns over child strangulation. Tens of millions of these blinds and shades have been sold -- an estimated 8 million each year.

The CPSC said it issued the recall after it tallied five deaths and 16 incidents of near strangulation as a result of cords wrapping around the necks of children. The blinds and shades were already being recalled by the million brand by brand. In fact, 5.5 million were flagged in August.