Walmart is recalling about 1.1 million window blinds and shades because they may pose a strangulation risk to children, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday.
The recall covers 600,000 roll-up blinds and 500,000 Roman-style shades sold between January 1999 and September 2009, the commission said.
Owners of the window treatments should stop using them immediately, the commission said. Consumers can get a free repair kit from the Window Covering Safety Council or return blinds to Walmart for a refund.
The recall involves all styles and sizes of fabric, bamboo and jute roll-up blinds and Roman shades, the commission said in a news release.
No incidents or injuries have been reported involving Roman shades sold by Walmart. However, the commission said it is aware of the death of a child from one of these Roman shades sold by another retailer. No incidents or injuries have been reported in roll-up shades.
To contact the Window Covering Safety Council, call 800-506-4636 or visit www.windowcoverings.org. To contact Walmart, call 800-925-6278 Monday through Friday, between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. or go to www.walmartstores.com.