The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) seeks public comments on a petition filed by consumer groups, including the Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union, Public Citizen, and U.S. PIRG, requesting that CPSC initiate a rulemaking for a mandatory standard that would eliminate accessible cords on window covering products. The petitioners apparently cite data indicating that “between 1985 and 2012, 324 children have been killed, and 122 have been injured by window covering cords.” They claim that voluntary standards have failed “to adequately address the strangulation hazard posed by accessible cords on window coverings, despite increased international governmental and retailer pressure to address the hazard.” They also contend that “substantial noncompliance with the voluntary standard is demonstrated by CPSC’s 16 recalls involving blinds that purportedly complied with the voluntary standard since 2007.” Comments are requested by September 13, 2013. See Federal Register, July 15, 2013.