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IKEA stops selling blinds with pull cords

Posted: 1:45 PM, Oct 01, 2015
Updated: 2015-10-01 17:45:37Z

Furniture giant IKEA announced Thursday that it will no longer sell pull-cord window blinds.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, an average of one child dies every month from strangulation due to blind cords.

Target stopped selling pull-cord blinds last spring.

Ikea's decision to stop selling the blinds is effective immediately in the U.S.

Currently, there isn't a mandatory safety standard for window coverings.
 
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is considering adding one.The proposal would prohibit cords on blinds or that a guard be used when there's no alternative to a cord.
 
The guard is a small device that makes it so the cord can't form a loop.
 
A free repair kit is available. You can order it here:  http://www.windowcoverings.org