B&B Blinds 1 inch mini-blinds recalled due to a potential strangulation hazard to children

Starting date:
January 31, 2020
Posting date:
January 31, 2020
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Subcategory:
Household Items
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Strangulation Hazard
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-72243

Last updated:

Summary

  • Product: B&B Blinds 1 inch mini-blinds.
  • Issue: The multiple operating cords are tied together creating a loop that poses a strangulation hazard.
  • What to do: Consumers should inspect their corded window coverings and contact B&B Blinds for further instructions.

Affected products

Certain 1 inch mini-blind products sold from 2009-2019 manufactured by B&B Blinds and installed in homes in Alberta

Product description

The recall involves 1 inch mini-blinds manufactured by B&B Blinds Ltd. These blinds can be identified by a label identifying that they are made by B&B Blinds on the bottom rail and/or that they contain multiple operating cords tied together into one tassel.

Hazard identified

Health Canada has determined that the recalled blinds do not meet the Corded Window Coverings Products Regulations and pose a strangulation hazard. The various designs of the products do not properly address the hazards of exposed operating cords, which can create loops. Young children may pull looped cords around their neck causing a strangulation and entanglement hazard.

Children can become entangled in blind cords, which can quickly lead to strangulation and even death. Health Canada recommends cordless window coverings. For more information on the hazard, see Blind Cord Safety.

As of January 27, 2020, the company has received no reports of incidents or injuries in Canada.

Number sold

Approximately 10,000 units of the recalled products were sold in Canada, concentrated in and around the Calgary Alberta area.

Time period sold

The affected products were sold from 2009 to 2019.

Corded window covering products sold before 2009 were sold when the Regulation was not in place.

Place of origin

Manufactured in Canada

Companies

Manufacturer
B&B Blinds Ltd.
105-3851 Manchester Rd SE
Calgary
T2G 3Z8
Alberta
CANADA

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What you should do

Consumers who suspect that they have affected corded window coverings should immediately keep all cords away from children and contact B&B Blinds for instructions on their product.

For additional information, consumers may contact B&B Blinds, by telephone at 403-243-0815, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, Monday through Friday, by e-mail or by visiting the company's website.

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

This recall is also posted on the OECD Global Portal on Product Recalls website. You can visit this site for more information on other international consumer product recalls.