This week in recalls

Hazard: Roman shades have an exposed inner cord that small children can wrap around their necks and cause
strangulation. In addition, Roll-up and roller blinds, which are
also included in the recall, also pose a strangulation hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: One death from the roman
shades has been reported. A 22-month-old boy was found hanging from
the cord and died shortly after being taken to the hospital. Back
in 2009, another incident involving a 2-year-old boy,sparkedanother recall.

Description: The recall
includes blinds from Hangover Direct, also known as Domestications,
The Company Store and Company Kids/ The roller blinds in this
recall do not have a tension device installed on the floor or into
the walls.

Where you bought them: Hangover Direct,
Domestications, The Company Store and Company Kids, online at and or
through a catalog. They were sold nationwide from January 1996
through October 2009 for $20 to $579.

What to do: Stop using the recalled products,
and contact the Window Covering safety council at 800-506-4636
for a free repair kit. To reach Hangover Direct, call

Window Shades

Hazard: The reins on the
horse’s bridle are long enough for a child to be able to stick
their head inside the loop and become trapped, which can lead to

Incidents/Injuries: No injuries, but there has
been one incident of a boy getting his head stuck in the loop. His
parents were able to free him before he was seriously hurt.

Description: The horses come in brown with a
light brown fluffy mane. Embroidered on the horse’s ear are the
words “press here” in red which plays the neigh and galloping

Where you bought them: Love’s Travel Stop and
Country stores nationwide from May 2010 to July 2010 for $6.

What to do: Remove the reins by cutting them;
this will eliminate the hazard. Feel free to contact Big Ideas
Marketing at 888-908-8697 for instructions on how to remove the
reins; visit their website at


The reins on the
horse’s bridle are long enough for child to sick their head through
while rocking on it. They child can get stuck and strangulation can

Incidents/Injuries: A girl got her head caught
in the reins, but was not injured.

Description: The rocking horses are
manufactured by The Rocking Horse Depot. They come in three
different sizes and colors: small with in all brown with a brown
mane; medium with white and brown hair and a black mane; and large
with dark brown hair and a white mane. All three horses have
leather saddles and sit on a hardwood frame.

Where you bought it: Online at from November 2006 to
December 2009 for $105 to $185.

What to do: The Rocking Horse Depot advises
parents to cut the reins of the horse. For instructions, contact
the company at 623-302-6313 or visit the website at

Rocking Horse

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