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Walmart recalls 600K blinds due to strangulation risk

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This undated handout photo provided by the Consumer Product Safety Commission shows Roman Shades. The government and the window covering industry on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, recalled more than 50 million Roman-style shades and roll-up blinds because of the risk children may be strangled by the cords. (AP Photo/Consumer Product Safety Commission) Photo Credit: AP Photo/

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.

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