50 Million Blinds Recalled Following Child Deaths

There are three main strangulation hazards when children play near these blinds: Roman shades with looped bead chains are one. Children have also gotten entangled in the strings on the back sides of Roman shades. The hazard with roll-up blinds is the lifting loop, which can slide off.

According to Tenenbaum, "any loop is the enemy of children."

Depending where the cord binds a child's neck, the child could die in just seconds.

2009: Year of Big Recalls

All told, today's blinds recall ranks among the largest in history and is the latest in a year of big recalls across several industries.

Toyota Motor Corp. announced earlier this month a 4 million-car recall of Lexus and Toyota vehicles for sudden acceleration.

On Nov. 9, British stroller maker Maclaren teamed up with the CPSC to recall approximately 1 million strollers following reports of partially amputated fingers.

Also in November, the CPSC recalled 2.1 million Stork Craft drop-down cribs after the death of four infants.

Another, smaller blinds recall -- for 5 million sets -- was announced in August, also due to the danger of strangulation.

In June, the USDA announced a massive expansion of a beef recall that aimed to pull more than half a million pounds of meat from store shelves.

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