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Safety Standard for Corded Window Coverings Gets Longer Comment Period

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has extended from March 17 to June 1 the period for public comments on whether it should issue a mandatory rule to address the risk of strangulation to young children on window covering cords. Comments are invited on the risk of injury associated with corded window coverings, the regulatory alternatives outlined below, the costs to achieve each regulatory alternative, the effect of each alternative on the safety, cost, utility and availability of window coverings, and other possible ways to address the risk associated with these products.

- a rule specifying performance requirements for corded window coverings, prohibiting window covering cords if a feasible cordless alternative exists, or reflecting an existing international standard

- a mandatory rule relying on warning labels

- a rule declaring window covering products with cords to be banned hazardous products

- reliance on a voluntary standard determined to be adequate to address the risk if substantial compliance with the standard exists in the industry

- no regulatory action, continuing to rely on corrective actions and/or public education campaigns

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