New safety rule for cords on window blinds criticized

CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum insisted consumer advocates be included on the committee updating the standard. But the advocates — including representatives of Consumers Union, Consumer Federation of America and Parents for Window Blind Safety — say the rule was already written by the time they got involved and their votes to reject the rule had no effect. “It was window dressing to allow us to participate in the process,” says Carol Pollack-Nelson, a psychologist and consumer advocate.

More Roman Shades and Roller Shades recalled

Article from the CPSC Near strangulation promts recall of Roman and Roller Shades by Smith+Noble, Smith+Noble has added its name to the retailers joining the voluntary recall announced in December 2009 of ALL Roman shades and Roll-Up blinds.

Press release from CPSC meeting

Consumer Advocates Applaud Tri-Lateral Announcement to Eliminate Hazards Posed by Window Blinds: Urge Action Steps to Ensure Success

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