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Window Blind Safety Task Force Struggles to Find a Solution

An article in the New York Times yesterday highlighted the ongoing concern over window blind safety in this country.  According to the executive director of the Window Covering Manufacturers Association, there are more than one billion blinds in the United States and AMericans buy new shades on average every seven years. 

A federal study in the 1980s tied 41 strangulation deaths to drapery and cord blinds.  Since then, regulators have sought ways to make window blinds, Roman shades, roll-up blinds and draperies safer. 

These efforts culminated recently with the creation of a task force made up of manufacturers, consumer advocates and regulators whose job it is to find a way to eliminate the strangulation risk inherent in window blinds.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission has asked manufacturers to find a solution by the fall or potentially face mandatory regulations. 

One option is cordless blinds which have been available for several decades.  However, due to the difficulties involved in manufacturing these blinds, they cost almost twice as much and have not offered a real solution.  So for now, the task force will continue working on making window blinds safer and hope to have a working solution by this fall.

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