On August 26, 2009, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Vertical Land, Inc. issued a voluntary recall of approximately 15,400 horizontal blinds, 16,400 vertical blinds, and 800 cellular shades, due to a strangulation hazard. The horizontal blinds do not have an inner cord device to prevent the inner cords from being pulled out and forming a loop that can strangle a child. The vertical and cellular shades have a looped cord that can also strangle a child.
The CPSC has received one report of a 4-year-old girl who strangled in the loop of a vertical blind cord.
The recall affects all Vertical Land custom-made horizontal blinds without an inner cord stop device, as well as all vertical and cellular window coverings without a cord tensioning device. The company’s name, address, and telephone number can be found on a sticker identification label on the product.
The blinds were sold at Vertical Land stores in Panama City and Pensacola, Fla. from January 1992 through December 2006.
Consumers are urged to immediately stop using the window shades and contact Vertical Land at 800-423-8653 to receive a free repair kit.