Logansport, Indiana (PRWEB) September 20, 2012
Scott Starr, of the Indiana law firm of Starr, Austen & Miller, LLP, announced today that the firm is investigating the recall of custom vertical and horizontal blinds, manufactured by Blinds Xpress, which were sold in three states, including Indiana.
Blinds Xpress and the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission announced on September 6, 2012, that the company was recalling 139,000 custom-made vertical blinds and 315,000 custom-made horizontal blinds because of a strangulation hazard for children regarding the cords, which were not attached to the wall or floor. Specifically, these custom-made blinds did not have proper safety mechanisms in place to keep children from becoming entangled within the cord loops.
These blinds were manufactured and sold at various blind specialty stores within three states from January 1995 through December 2011, including Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Further, the blinds ranged in price from $16-$380.
According to the USPSC, there has been one reported death as a result of this defect, a little girl, age two years, in Michigan, in 2009.
Consumers who have such blinds are urged to call the Window Covering Safety Council to get a free repair kit. Link: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12273.html?tab=news
Scott Starr states, “Further investigation will need to be conducted to determine if such safety features were state of the art at the time these blinds were made. If they were, and such safety mechanisms were not put into place, potentially causing the death of at least one child, that is very alarming news for the consumers of Indiana.”
If your child has been injured or killed by either vertical or horizontal blinds you may be able to seek legal recourse in the form of a product liability lawsuit. Talk to an experienced products liability attorney who can help you understand your options.