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Jun 10, 2010 2:04 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Ikea recalls over 3 million window blinds, shades

Ikea is recalling more than 3 million window blinds after a child nearly strangled on one of the cords.

The recall includes all Roman shades and roll-up blinds that were sold at Ikea stores nationwide in more than 11 years, from January 1998 to June 2009. It also includes another style - roller blinds - if they don't have certain tension devices sold during this time period.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall on Thursday after receiving the report of a 1½-year-old boy in Lowell, Massachusetts, who nearly strangled earlier this year on a blind cord.

It's estimated that about one child per month dies after strangling on a cord on a window covering.

The 3,360,000 blinds recalled Thursday were made in India, Estonia, China, and Poland. They were distributed by Ikea Home Furnishings, of Conshohocken, Pa.

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