The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has unanimously granted a petition seeking the development of mandatory safety standards for windowcovering cords that pose a strangulation and asphyxiation hazard to children. Submitted in May 2013 by consumer advocacy organizations including the Consumer Federation of America, Public Citizen and U.S. PIRG, the petition cited apparent shortcomings in voluntary standards development activities and ongoing injuries and fatalities purportedly associated with window-covering cord loops. According to a news source, the commissioners have directed staff to develop and advance a notice of proposed rulemaking to address the risk. Staff had recommended that the commissioners grant the petition, based on estimates that some 11 fatal strangulations purportedly involving these cords are reported annually among children younger than age 5. The petitioners argued that cordless products and cord coverings that reduce accessibility have been commercially available for several decades. See Bloomberg BNA Product Safety & Liability Reporter™, October 9, 2014.
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CPSC grants petition seeking rulemaking on window-covering cords
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