More than 1 million Smith+Noble shades recalled: Boy almost strangled

Smith Noble blind and shade recallSmith+Noble has issued a recall for more than 1 million shades and blinds after a Washington state boy nearly strangled, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

The recall includes all custom Roman shades from the company as well as roller shades without a tension device on the cord. The shades were sold under the following brands: Smith+Noble, Christopher Lowell, Jessit Gold, Shop Blinds and Window Elements.

Tens of millions of shades have been recalled in the past year as part of a major industry initiative to help prevent the strangulation deaths of children. Children can strangle in the cords on the back of the shades and in the loop of the roller shades.

Consumers are asked to stop using the shades until they obtain a repair kit.

Both the CPSC and Smith+Noble learned of a 5-year-old Tacoma, Wash., boy who got entangled in a loop bead cord on a roller shade in May 2009, the CPSC said.

The blinds were sold on the company website and through catalogs and cost $100-$1,600. They were made in China, Mexico and the United States.

To obtain a repair kit, call the Window Covering Safety Council at (800) 506-4636 or go to the council's website.

For more information, call Smith+Noble (877) 228-7683 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time or visit the company's recall site.
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