Defective Product Watch: Blind Recall Illustrates Child Risks Around Windows

Blind Xpress recently announced that it was recalling close to 320,000 horizontal blinds. In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), these blinds have been recalled after a recent accident claimed the life of a 2-year-old girl. She was strangled to death in the loop of a vertical blind cord that wasn’t attached to the wall or floor.
These blinds have an adjustable cord that forms a loop. In many of these cases, the loop has a weighted device at the end of it to keep it from flailing around. These blind are custom, but don’t come with an inner cord stop device that stops users from accessing the inner cord. Because of this, children can easily get strangled in the cord loop.

Our Charlotte personal injury attorneys understand that consumer products should go through rigorous testing to ensure consumer safety. Unfortunately, that’s often not the case as companies rush products to market to make a profit. Often a defective product is not recalled until a number of serious injuries or deaths have been reported. Even then, there are a good amount of consumers that never catch wind of the recall and continue to use the dangerous product in their homes.

This recall involves all custom-made vertical blinds that don’t have this pull cord-tensioning device, which allows the cord to be attached to the wall or to the floor. Horizontal blinds that don’t have an inner cord stop device are also covered under this recall.

These items were sold at a number of specialty blind shops and were manufactured in the U.S.

Even without defective blinds, windows can be dangerous for small children. Every year, there are more than 5,000 kids who are injured after falling out of an open window.

Children who were under the age of 4 were most likely to suffer serious head injuries from these accidents, too. These are also the kids who are most likely to be killed in these accidents, in comparison to kids between the ages of 5- and 7-years-old.

According to recent studies, it’s boys who are more likely to be involved in these accidents. They typically account for close to 60 percent of fall injuries. These accidents are also much more common during the summer and spring months. It’s estimated that about a quarter of all of these injuries require the child to be admitted into the hospital.

One of the most beneficial moves you can make to prevent these kinds of accidents is to keep furniture and other climbable objects away from windows. This will lessen the urge for kids to get near a window, open or shut.

If you or your child has been injured in an accident, contact the Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free consultation to discuss your rights. Call 1-800-887-1965.

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