Time to Cut the Cord…or at least, Make it Safe?

There are corded window blinds in nearly 17 million American households with children under the age of six-years-old. The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Journal of the American Medical Association have stated that more than 768 children have been strangled to death since 1973. Despite two industry window blind retrofit/recall programs cords remain dangerous and defective, killing one child every two weeks. On March 31, 2015, the CPSC recalled about 200,000 Blinds To Go custom made window shades because the “chain or cord loop can slip out of the hold-down device and pose a strangulation hazard for small children.” The hold-down device on the recalled shades is a clear, P-shaped plastic hook. The cord or chain loop clips into the device and the hook is screwed to the side of the wall or window during installation. The device was shipped with the roller shades with Sidewinders, Smartlift pleated and cellular shades, Panel Tracks shades and Serenity shades.