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Blinds Xpress recalls more than 450K blinds

Blinds Xpress blinds involved in a recall are shown in these photos provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

September 7, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Blinds Xpress is recalling more than 450,000 window blinds after a 2-year-old girl was strangled by a loop in the vertical blind cord.

The recall includes 139,000 custom-made vertical blinds and 315,000 horizontal blinds The blinds were sold from January 1995 through December 2011 for between $16 and $380 at stores in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.

The incident involving the girl, from Commerce Township, Mich., was in 2009.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Blinds Xpress custom vertical blinds have an adjustment cord that creates a loop that is not attached to the wall or floor. Sometimes the loop has a weighted device at the bottom. The custom horizontal blinds do not have inner cord stop devices to prevent the accessible inner cords from being pulled out. A child can become entangled in a cord loop and become strangled.

Consumers should immediately stop using the blinds, the agency said, and contact the Window Covering Safety Council at (800) 506-4636 or at www.windowcoverings.org to receive a free repair kit.