Strangulation Risk Prompts Hunter Douglas to Recall Window Shades

Posted on November 21, 2012

Various types of window shades are being recalled because children could be endangered if they approach the cords in the wrong way.  It’s a serious issue that parents shouldn’t take lightly.

Hunter Douglas, Applause, and Duette pleated and honeycomb shades are those affected by the recall, which was announced by a company located here in California, the West Sacramento-based Hunter Douglas Fabrications Company.  The nature of the items is such that the cords can be used to open the shades from the bottom up or the top down.  4,400 window shades in total are being recalled.

Because a certain cord may have been tied in a single knot, the cord might not break away properly.  A child playing with the item could thus become tangled up in the loop of the cord.  If this were to occur, then a strangulation hazard is posed.  Thankfully, no one has reported experiencing such an incident at this moment in time.

These shades were priced starting at about $240, and they were sold across the country at retailers that carry Hunter Douglas merchandise.  They were available between January of last year and August of this year.  Anyone who thinks they own the product should check to see if the aforementioned single knot has been tied.  If a knot is found, customers should get in touch with the company to obtain a repair kit at no cost.

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