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523,500 window shades recalled

Washington -- A strangulation death of a child has prompted the recall of 523,500 window shades, a U.S. watchdog agency said.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Hanover Direct Inc. of Weehawken, N.J., was recalling Roman roll-up and roller window blinds after a 22-month-old was found strangled by the cord of a Roman shade.

The cords of each style of window blind pose a hazard to children, the commission said.

The shades involved in the recall were made in China and the United States and sold at Hanover Direct stores, which are also known as Domestications. They were also sold at Company Store and Company Kids stores.

They were sold between January 1996 and October 2009 for between $20 and $579.

Zooper Tango double strollers recalled

Washington -- About 3,700 Zooper Tango double strollers are being recalled because they could collapse and cause an injury, a U.S. watchdog agency says.

The strollers were imported from China by Lan Enterprises LLC of Hillsboro, Ore., and sold nationwide from January 2007 through August 2008 for about $420 apiece.
The company has received numerous reports of strollers collapsing when the frame latches fail, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement announcing the voluntary recall.

The recall involves Zooper Tango double strollers with model numbers SL808B and SL808F.

The strollers have the word "Zooper" displayed on the canopies and on the push bars.

Campus Cruisers bicycles recalled

Washington -- About 100 Campus Cruisers Eastside Fix model bicycles are being recalled because their front forks could fail, a U.S. watchdog agency says.

The bicycles were imported from China by Campus Cruisers LLC of Boulder, Colo., and sold nationwide at independent bicycle shops from March through May for about $450 apiece.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said no injuries had been reported, but four bicycle forks had developed lateral cracks that could result in loss of control or a fall.

Consumers were advised to stop using the recalled bicycles and schedule a free repair with a Campus Cruisers dealer.

Consumers can call 877-260-2721 for information.

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