If you or someone you know has been injured by a window blind, you may have a window blind strangulation lawsuit. You may be entitled to compensation. Consumer advocates fighting for strict safety regulations on window blind cords are disappointed in the manufacturers, who have decided to adopt less-strict guidelines than federal regulators have asked. Though they could decide to implement safer designs that would eliminate window blind strangulations, so far, the manufacturers have resisted change. They are now facing several window blind strangulation lawsuits.
Despite consumer outcry and recommendations for regulators, the window blind manufacturers will probably have the final say about safety standards, unless government regulators step in and make mandatory standards. The process takes years, and involves an extensive cost-benefit analysis.
About one child per month strangles to death on a window blind cord, either in the cord that holds the blinds together or in the cord that hangs down and is used to raise and lower the blinds.
Safety advocates want the industry to enact safety standards that eliminate the risk of strangulation. These designs would remove cords that hang down to a child’s level, and also remove exposed cords within the window shade design.
Manufacturers want to implement tie-down or tension devices. These devices fasten the end of the cord to the wall or windowsill, and feed the cord through a pulley system. They have also proposed a warning label on their products, to recommend that people with child-safety concerns purchase cordless window blinds.
Safety advocates claim that these will not reduce injuries, because the devices break easily and may not be installed properly.
Manufacturers claim that it isn’t feasible to remove cords from window blind design. Cordless technology exists for some types of window shades, but not for large or heavy window blinds.
Often, when safety equipment is invented, consumer advocacy groups and manufacturers are at odds on whether to require the safety equipment. Other examples are airbags and table saw injuries. In the case of airbags, it was not until consumers brought lawsuits against the manufacturers that airbags became standard issue. Recently, a man was awarded $1.5 million in a table saw injury case. If you have a window blind strangulation lawsuit, you may be entitled to compensation.
In 2010, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of Roman Shades, Roll-Up Blinds, and Roller Blinds, after five deaths and 16 near-strangulations over three years. The window blinds have a hanging loop, or internal cords that can entangle a child. Injuries have occurred to children playing in a room with the window blinds, or if the cords hang into a crib, or if a child climbs up to a window, becomes entangled, and falls.
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