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Window Blinds Injure Two Children Every Day in the U.S.

Window blinds injure two children every day and kill one child each month on average in the U.S., according to an epidemiologic study published in the journal Pediatrics. From 1990 to 2015, nearly 17,000 children younger than 6 years old were treated in U.S emergency rooms for window blind-related injuries. A little less than half the injuries involved being struck by a window blind, such as being hit by a falling blind. Just 12 percent of the injuries involved entanglements, mostly with the cords on the blinds, but these injuries accounted for most of the hospitalizations and deaths, researchers found. Data ... Read More

Window blinds: what you don’t know can hurt young children, CPSC says

Window blinds are a common household necessity that many of us don’t even consider when assessing safety in our homes. However, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has made its goal to change people’s mindsets on window blinds by reminding consumers the hidden dangers surrounding exposed cords. According to ABC 6, mother Nicci Walla was videotaping her children in 2002 when she realized her 4-year-old son had become entrapped in the cords of a window blind and was in distress. By the time she reached him, he had lost consciousness. She dialed 911 and while attempting to get an ... Read More

Child death leads Blind Xpress to recall window blinds for strangulation hazard

In cooperation with Blind Xpress of Livonia, Michigan, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a recall of roughly 315,000 custom-made horizontal blinds and 139,000 vertical blinds due to a strangulation hazard. Reportedly, a 2-year-old girl from Michigan became entangled and choked in the loop of a vertical blind cord that was not attached to the floor or wall in 2009. Blind Xpress custom vertical blinds have an adjustment cord that forms a loop, is not attached to the floor or wall and even certain blinds have a weighted device at the bottom of the loop. The custom ... Read More

Number of children injured by nursery products spikes

The number of children injured by nursery products rose dramatically last year, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a report released today. Hospital emergency rooms saw an estimated 77,300 children injured by common nursery furniture and other products in 2009 – up by more than 10,000 from 2008. Most of the children (73 percent) sustained fall-related injuries involving infant carriers and car seat carriers, strollers and carriages, and high chairs. Head injuries were the most frequently reported type of injury resulting from these incidents. The good news is that the rate of death has not risen in proportion ... Read More

Like US, EU fights rising tide of dangerous Chinese-made products

RAPEX, the European Union’s rapid alert system for dangerous consumer products (excluding food, pharmaceutical, and medical devices), released its annual report of the most dangerous products flooding the European market, and Chinese-made products top the list. Although this isn’t the first time made-in-China has dominated RAPEX reports, the findings indicate the problem is growing in Europe as rapidly as it is in the United States. It’s no secret that products manufactured in China consistently pose more dangers to consumers than domestically manufactured goods. Poisonous lead paint in children’s toys, toxic cadmium in jewelry, lethal melamine in pet food and baby ... Read More

deaths and strangulations prompt series of shade and blind recalls

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a series of vertical blind and window shade recalls after the death of three children and near-strangulation injuries of several others. The recalls include horizontal and vertical blinds and cellular shades made by Vertical Land Inc. of Panama City Beach, Florida. Approximately 15,400 horizontal blinds manufactured by Vertical Land were found to lack inner cord stop devices that prevent the inner cords from forming an exterior loop in which children can become entangled and suffocate. About 16,400 vertical blinds and 800 cellular shades featuring freely hanging loop chains and cords that pose a similar ... Read More

CPSC recalls window blinds that pose risk of strangulation

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced another voluntary recall of window blinds that may be unsafe to use, especially in homes or other areas where children can be found. The blinds were distributed by Cost Plus Inc., of Oakland California and sold in Cost Plus and World Market stores from February 2006 to August 2008. The recall was announced after the CPSC found looped pull cords and exposed inner cords on the back of some models of the Roman blinds. Some models of roll-up blinds also had looped pull cords, as well as two cord loops that ... Read More

Two CT children fall victim to window blind cords

Two Connecticut children became the unwitting victims of the pull cords on window blinds and shades, which injured one young girl and killed another. Different manufacturers produced the blinds and shades involved in the incidents. The Wall Street Journal reports that in one incident, a two-year-old girl from Bristol was nearly strangled in June when she slipped off the radiator on which she was standing with the cords of a roller shade around her neck. The girl’s five-year old brother held her up as she gasped for air. The girl vomited and suffered deep bruising on her neck, but has ... Read More