Hundreds of children have been injured or killed over the last 30 years by the cords of window blinds, finally there’s an effort to ban blinds with hazardous cords.
Consumer Product Safety Commission chairman Elliott Kaye tells ABC News, “I don’t know what the issue is, other than greed.”
Kaye adds that the window blind industry has ‘worked the system’ and used lobbyists and public relations campaigns to resist efforts that began way back in 1985 to address the risks of blind with accessible cords.
The CPSC does not have legal authority to ban hazardous products without a lengthy process, so Kaye has been putting pressure on manufacturers & retailers.
Over the last several months, retailers like Target and IKEA have stopped selling blinds with cords. Walmart, Lowes & Home Depot say they will stop selling corded blinds but not until 2018.