The Consumer Product Safety Commission recently released a report linking 768 child deaths to corded window treatments. Although this dangerous product has been recalled and retrofitted, some manufacturers continue to sell it. In fact, there is one fatality in Missouri and Illinois every two weeks due to this product. Many people do not realize this, but these blinds can easily strangle a child. And what is even more alarming is that these blinds are often available in the local store for under $30.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has recently increased pressure on manufacturers of window coverings. Documents show that the window covering industry proceeded with a retrofit and recall program despite warnings of strangulation hazards. The CPSC report claims that the manufacturers of window blinds and corded window covering products knew of the potential for strangulation. That fact may have prompted manufacturers to recall their products.
Window blinds have come under fire in recent months, with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announcing a voluntary recall for window blinds. Those blinds have a hanging loop and internal cords that can entangle young children, who are often trying to climb up windows. Discount roman shades can be hazardous if they are not properly installed or inspected, and the CPSC found that the window coverings did not provide a sufficient level of safety.