A recent study reported by the Pediatrics medical journal found that death and serious injuries related to window blinds has continued to occur despite continuous warnings by authorities and measures taken by manufacturers to provide additional warning labels. The cord attached to window blinds has caused children to become strangled leading to asphyxiation. However, despite these additional steps, the rate of death and injuries has remained the same. As a result, many child safety advocates have proposed banning the use and sale of blinds with cords.
According to data gathered by researchers, blinds with cords have posed a major risk of injury to children since 1945. Since 1990, there have been over three hundred accidental strangulation deaths and over 20,000 injuries from blinds with cords. For this reason, many manufacturers began to willingly place more intense warning labels on their packaging, such as recommending that safety devices be placed on the cords. Recently, retail and online stores have proposed only selling cordless blinds due to the hazard that blinds with cords impose on children.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), blinds with cords are one of the top five most dangerous household items. Furthermore, the CPSC supports the ban on blinds with cords and is in favor of adopting a new industry standard to prevent the sale of corded blinds in retail stores across America. However, the new proposed standard, which is awaiting approval from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and is expected to take effect at the end of 2018, does not prevent people from procuring custom blinds with cords.
According to research, approximately twenty-five percent of blinds with cords are purchased as custom orders each year. Due to this, child safety advocates believe that blinds with cords should be prohibited altogether.
It is important for people to be conscious of household items that may harm their children. To mitigate the risk of a tragic incident occurring, it is important to take the necessary safety precautions. If your child has been tragically injured as a result of a hazardous household item, contact an experienced personal injury attorney, because you may be entitled to compensation. The attorneys at Richard P. Rinaldo, Esq are skilled personal injury lawyers, who will fight for the compensation you deserve. Please contact us today at 908-352-2500 to schedule a free initial consultation.