Roller shade product recall

Window roller shades by Altex Decoration Ltd. recalled

On September 16, 2010 Health Canada recalled roller shades by Altex Decoration Ltd. The blinds are made of fibreglass laminated with vinyl or coated PVC, and have a looped plastic or metal bead chain.

What is the danger?

Health Canada reviews products for safety, particularly the safety of children. It has been determined that the roller shades do not have the necessary retaining devices (tension devices) attached to the looped bead chains. If a retaining device is not attached to the wall or floor, a young child may pull the bead chain around the child's neck, which poses a risk of strangulation.

Fortunately, as of the time of recall neither Health Canada nor Altex Decoration Ltd. has received reports of incidents or injuries related to the use of these blinds.

What should I do?

You can get a free retaining device kit from the store where you purchased the blinds. The retaining device should be installed securely to a wall or window frame.

If you need more information, you may contact Altex Decoration Ltd. by e-mail at ac.xetla|etiruces#ac.xetla|etiruces or visit Altex's website. You can also contact the store where you purchased the blinds for more information.

How many of these were sold and where?

Approximately 213,390 units of the recalled roller shades were sold across Canada from April 2009 to June 2010. The units were manufactured in Quebec and the company is Altex Decoration Ltd. of Terrebonne, Quebec