Tag Archives: Strangulation

The Death of Mike Tyson’s Daughter and Strangulation Hazards

A few weeks ago we all heard about the horrifying death of Exodus Tyson, Mike Tyson’s four year old daughter. Exodus was found dangling from a looped cord attached to a treadmill in her family’s home. She was rushed to the hospital and spent the rest of her brief life in critical condition and on life support.

Kids are naturally curious, and it is important to always keep a watchful eye on them. Unfortunately, even when closely supervised it only takes a few seconds for a child to get into a lot of trouble.

Even if you feel your house is completely childproofed, please take a few minutes to review our list of potential strangulation hazards you may not have thought about.

  • Make sure the slats on your baby’s crib are more than 2 3/8 inch apart.
  • Remove mobiles from cribs when baby can push up on hands and knees.
  • Don’t allow babies or children to sleep with bibs, necklaces, or any other items around their necks.
  • Make sure that rails on bunk beds or toddlers beds fit closely against the bed from so your child’s head cannot slip through.
  • Take ribbons, cords, or strings off of toys before giving them to kids to play, and never attach a pacifier or other item to your baby with a string.
  • Remove all drawstrings from jackets, sweatpants, or other clothing that babies or young children wear. Most of these are probably items that were recalled just for that reason, but check to be sure.
  • Store children’s belts, scarves, tights, necklaces and similar items out of kids’ reach. Since much of the time kids spend in their bedrooms is, by nature, unsupervised, these items shouldn’t be left in a bedroom drawer where children can play with them.
  • Be sure any dress up clothes that could pose a strangulation hazard are played with only under direct supervision.
  • Don’t allow kids to play on playground equipment or bicycles wearing things like long necklaces, purses, backpacks or scarves that can get caught in equipment.
  • Supervise kids playing with balloons carefully. They may be tempted to wrap the string around their necks.
  • Gather up and secure any loose cords, cables, wires, ropes, netting or similar items. This includes swing sets, too. Don’t leave anything dangling.
  • Make sure there are no loose strings hanging from mini blinds or other window coverings

Get on your hands and knees if you have to, so you can see the world like your child does.  If it looks like something that might attract your child and could be dangerous, you need to do something about it.

Ikea Blinds Recalled Due To Strangulation

Karen, our friend at A Child Grows in Brooklyn posted this recall yesterday on her blog. With Ikea in Brooklyn now, I know a lot of us are trying to save money these days buy furnishing our homes there.


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: IRIS and ALVINE Roman Blinds

Units: About 670,000 (an additional 4.8 million were sold outside of the United States)

Distributor: IKEA Home Furnishings, of Conshohocken, Pa.

Hazard: Strangulations can occur when a child places his/her neck in an exposed inner cord on the backside of the roman blinds.

Incidents/Injuries: On April 4, 2008, a 1-year-old girl in Greenwich, Conn. became entangled in the inner cord of an IKEA Roman Blind and strangled. The child was in a portable playpen that was located underneath a fully lowered roman blind. She was found partially suspended with the inner cord of the blind wrapped twice around her neck.

Description: This recall involves all sizes of IRIS and ALVINE Roman Blinds in white. The blinds have a sewn-in label at the top edge of the blind with the IKEA logotype, article name (IRIS or ALVINE), 5-digit supplier number 19799 or 21369, four digit date stamp (YYWW) and the words “Made in India”. On the bottom edge of the blind there is a sewn-in orange/white safety warning label. The blinds are made from 100% cotton.

Sold at: IKEA stores nationwide from July 2005 through June 2008 for between $7 and $30.

Manufactured in: India

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Roman Blinds and return them to any IKEA store to obtain a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact IKEA toll-free at (888) 966-4532 anytime, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.ikea-usa.com

Note: CPSC reminds consumers to examine all Roman Blinds and shades in their homes. If looped pull cords are present or exposed inner cords are found on the back of blinds or shades and children are in the home or occasionally visit your home, please consider replacing them with blinds or shades that do not have exposed pull cords or inner cords.