The Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WMCA) has reportedly submitted a revised voluntary standard for corded window coverings to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), which will review the submission before publication. The announcement followed a recent recall issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) after a corded vertical-blind product was purportedly implicated in the 2009 strangulation death of a 2-year-old child. See CPSC Press Release, September 6, 2012.

According to media sources, WMCA has been revising the standard since 2010 despite differences with consumer advocates who have purportedly questioned the transparency of the standard-setting process. “The industry is hopeful that ANSI will approve these latest standards by the end of September, which would compel manufacturers to be in compliance by spring 2013,” a spokesperson for several WMCA members was quoted as saying. See Bloomberg BNA’s Product Safety & Liability Reporter, September 10, 2012.