The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has provisionally accepted a settlement with Williams-Sonoma Inc. requiring the company to pay a $700,000 civil penalty to resolve claims that the company sold window shades with exposed inner cords that posed a strangulation hazard to young children and failed to timely inform CPSC about the purported product hazard. According to the agency, Williams-Sonoma had sufficient information by August 2007 that children were becoming entangled in the inner cords of the PBK Roman® shades, but did not file a full report with CPSC until September 2008 in violation of section 15(b)(3) of the Consumer Product Safety Act. The company has neither admitted nor denied the staff’s charges, but it has agreed not to seek further administrative or judicial review. Comments on the proposed agreement are requested by November 18, 2014. See Federal Register, November 3, 2014.