Consumer product advisory

Health Canada warns that Achim Cordless GII Morningstar Light Filtering Mini Blind may pose a risk of strangulation and choking

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Summary

Product
Achim Cordless GII Morningstar Light Filtering Mini Blind
Issue
Consumer products - Choking hazard
Consumer products - Strangulation hazard
What to do

Immediately stop using the affected product and dispose of it.

Affected products

This alert involves the Achim Cordless GII Morningstar Light Filtering Mini Blind available in a wide range of colours and sizes.

Issue

Health Canada has determined that the blinds do not meet Canada's Corded Window Coverings Regulations and pose a risk of strangulation. Young children may pull looped cords around their neck, or become entangled in the cords, causing a strangulation hazard and even death. In addition, the products can also release small parts that pose a risk of choking to young children.

Children can become entangled in blinds 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.

What you should do

Consumers who have the affected product should immediately stop using it and safely dispose of the item in such a way that it cannot be used again.

Regularly check the Healthy Canadians Recalls and Safety Alerts database for dangerous products and take action to remove items of concern.

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

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Additional information

What is being done

Health Canada has noticed that these non-compliant blinds were being sold by a number of unverified foreign sellers on various online marketplaces accessible to Canadians.

The U.S. manufacturer of the blinds, Achim Home Décor, has confirmed that they have stopped all sales in the Canadian market. However, the blinds are still available for sale on certain online marketplaces by unverified foreign sellers. The manufacturer has reached out to those online marketplaces and requested that all of the Achim corded window covering products be removed from sale.  

Health Canada reminds consumers to learn about the risks of buying consumer products online (see Related Links above).

An unknown number of products were sold in Canada.

To date, no incidents or injuries related to this product have been reported to Health Canada.

Health Canada is committed to helping protect consumers from potentially dangerous consumer products. The Department regularly tests consumer products available for sale in stores or online and continues to monitor products to help keep consumers safe.

Details
Original published date:
Alert / recall type
Consumer product advisory
Category
Consumer products - Household items
Companies

Distributor

Various Canadian online marketplaces

Place of Origin

Manufactured in China

Published by
Health Canada
Audience
General public
Identification number
RA-75020
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