U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, D.C. 20207
For Immediate Release
March 5, 2010
Release #10-FOR CLEARANCE
Firm’s Recall Hotline: (888) 339-9398
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Risk of Strangulation Prompts Recall to Repair Roman Shades by Ethan Allen
Ethan Allen has added its name to the retailers joining the voluntary recall announced in December 2009 (link to 10-077) of ALL Roman shades and roll-up blinds.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of product: Roman Shades
Units: About 163,000
Wholesaler: Ethan Allen Global Inc., of Danbury, Conn.
Hazard: Strangulation can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the shade or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck. Also, strangulation can occur when a child’s neck become entangled on the free-standing loop.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: This recall involves all styles and sizes of Roman shades sold under the Ethan Allen brand name. These custom-ordered, made-to-order shades were sold in a variety of colors, fabrics, and sizes. The shades have no labels or markings making reference to the Ethan Allen brand.
Sold at: Ethan Allen Design Centers since at least 1999 through December 2009. Most are priced between $400 and $1,000.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled Roman shades immediately and contact their local Ethan Allen Design Center for a free repair kit.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Ethan Allen toll-free at (888) 339-9398 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, contact the local Ethan Allen Design Center, or visit the firm’s web site at www.ethanallen.com.
Note: Examine all shades and blinds in your home. Make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side or back of the product. CPSC recommends the use of cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit.
CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about it by visiting https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx
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