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Safety Standard for Corded Window Coverings Under Consideration

Friday, January 16, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is collecting information to help it determine whether to issue a mandatory rule to address the risk of strangulation to young children on window covering cords. Specifically, the CPSC has issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking that invites through March 17 comments concerning 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. The Commission is also inviting interested persons to submit an existing standard or a statement of intent to modify or develop a voluntary standard to address this risk.

The CPSC is considering the following alternatives.

- 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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