Ikea Blinds Recalled after Child Nearly Strangles

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 1 1/2-year-old boy in Lowell, Mass., 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. (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)