CPSC places demand for better shade

Posted by Elizabeth Stewart - email

(WFLX) - They've been blamed for dozens of deaths, but now the cords on window blinds might finally be changing.

After more than a decade of warnings and recalls, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is putting more pressure on manufacturers of certain types of corded Roman shades and roll up blinds.

The answer is making a better shade--redesigning Roman shades and window blinds so that the cord is inaccessible or that it is made cordless.

In the past ten years, 120 children died by getting tangled up in the cords that hang alongside blinds.

There are 29 other countries joining in the United States' efforts to make blinds safe. The feds say if manufacturers don't respond by changing voluntarily, they'll make the changes mandatory.

Copyright 2010 WFLX. All Rights Reserved.