Toddler Strangulations Prompt Window Blind Warning

Four children died in the last month after getting caught up in pull cords.

Window coverings like this one pose a danger to infants, according to advocacy groups. Credit: Jason Claffey
Window coverings like this one pose a danger to infants, according to advocacy groups. Credit: Jason Claffey
Consumer advocacy groups issued a warning about window coverings after four children died from strangulation accidents in the last month.

Each of the children died after they were caught up in a pull cord, according to the Consumer Federation of America.

The groups are demanding that the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission mandate safety standards for pull cords.

"It is time for CPSC to take action to protect children from the hazards posed by cords on window coverings," said Linda Kaiser, founder of Parents for Window Blind Safety, in a statement. "Every day the Commission does not act, children are put at risk. Four children dying in three weeks is tragic, unacceptable and preventable."

Kaiser started her group after her daughter died as a result of being strangled by a pull cord in 2002. Between 1996 and 2012, there have been 293 such deaths, according to the Consumer Federation of America.

The recent toddler deaths this year include:
  • A 6-year-old girl in Maryland who died Feb. 8
  • A 3-year-old girl in Texas on Feb. 15
  • A 4-year-old boy in Georgia on Feb. 17
  • A 2-year-old boy in Maryland on March 1

The groups said there are products already on the market that make pull cords inaccessible. They want the CPSC to mandate that all window coverings abide by that standard.

Kurt Buermann March 05, 2014 at 02:13 PM
Prom & Deb-- But we ARE stupid. Right-wing politicians have cut so much from education programs that these warnings are now essential
Prometheus March 05, 2014 at 02:27 PM
That sure is funny because the largest political contributor is......the teachers union....they stole so much from our children and their teachers that they give more than the evil Koch bros....yes you are stupid.
deb of see-attleboro March 05, 2014 at 02:31 PM
We are stupid. We count on government schools to educate our children. Now "we" want government health care?
Derek Duchemin March 06, 2014 at 09:16 AM
I fine the government to be stupid in certain ways just look at the city of Attleboro that wasted million of dollars on stupid junk and still cant afford simple things...
Derek Duchemin March 06, 2014 at 09:18 AM
They also claim to not have much money well last time I checked the records they were in the black by a good couple of million.


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