Six Companies Recall Blinds and Shades After Deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) - Six companies are recalling millions of window
blinds and shades, following the deaths of three children who got
caught in cords that move the coverings up and down.

The recalls were announced Wednesday by the Consumer Product
Safety Commission. The three deaths involved blinds or shades made
or imported by Vertical Land Inc. in Florida and Lewis Hyman Inc.
in California.

In one case, a one-year-old was killed when he became entangled
and strangled in the lift cord loop of a roll-up blind that had
fallen into his portable crib.

Pottery Barn Kids and IKEA are also recalling window shades and
blinds, but no deaths were associated with those companies. The
CPSC says there have been six reports of children becoming
entangled in the inner cord of the Pottery Barn Kids shades.

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