An additional 3,200 Meijer roman shades and roll-up blinds were recalled by the firm and the Consumer Product Safety Commission recently. This on top of a previous recall of some 240,000 back in March of 2010.
The blinds and shades pose a strangulation hazard to children. With the roman shades, strangulation can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner chord and the fabric on the backside of the blind. With the roll-up blinds, strangulation can occur if the lifting loops slide of the side of the blind and a child's neck becomes entangled on the free-standing loop.
Consumer who own these shades or blinds -- sold under the "Innovations" and "At Home with Meijer" names -- should stop using them immediately and contact the Window Covering Safety Council for a free repair kit. The products can also be returned to Meijer for a full refund.