SPOKANE, Wash. – Consumer groups are fighting to have tougher standards placed on window blinds and it is all because of the cords.
Consumer safety groups have reported seven deaths and one serious injury of children strangled by window blind cords in 2014. Window blind cords are one of the top five hidden hazards in your home according to some consumer safety groups.
The cords have injured or killed 26 other children in Washington State the past according to the Parents for Window Blind safety. The founder of the group has been working for 12 years to get stricter regulations on window coverings.
"We're really wanting the outer pull cords to be removed from the window coverings or we're asking that the outer pull cords be removed with some kind of rigid device," said Linda Kaiser with Parents for Window Blind Safety.
Consumer groups have said voluntary standards have not worked, even though there are products and technology in the marketplace to prevent strangulation from the cords.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says their decision to create stricter laws was based on an urgency to address a hazard in the home, but not everyone sees a cordless approach as the best.
The Window Covering Manufacturers Association told KREM 2 News that it is disappointed with the commission's decision. They believe it will result in a loss of good products already on the market.
Now that the Commissioners have voted unanimously to grant the safety petition, CPSC staff will begin the process of creating federal safety rules for window blinds.
No timeline has been set on how long it will be before new standards are required.