Nearly 17 million American households with children under 6 have window blinds with potentially deadly cords
Injuries and death from window blind cords send two kids to the emergency department each day. While the cords dangling from your window blinds may not seem like a risky item, for small children, they can pose the risk of strangulation or serious injury. Nearly 17 million American households with children under 6 have window blinds with potentially deadly cords, according to industry records. Since 1973, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Journal of the American Medical Association linked the deaths of at least 768 children to these dangerous cords.
USA Today reports Injuries and death from window blind cords send two kids to emergency department each day
Why are they dangerous?
The number one reason that window coverings, especially blinds, can be dangerous is since they are a strangulation hazard. With roll-up blinds, strangulation can occur if the lifting loops slide off the sides of the blind, then a child’s neck can get tangled on the loop or between the lifting loop and the blind. In Roman shades, a child can be strangled if his neck gets between the exposed inner cord and the decorative fabric on the back side of the blind, or when the cord is pulled out and accidentally gets wrapped around a child’s neck.Cord strangulation is especially dangerous because kids can become entangled incredibly quickly, and without a sound, much like drowning. Most of these incidents happen when children are laid down for naptime and are not being supervised. These blinds and cords do not have to be close to the ground either. Most children are laid down for a nap in their crib or a bed, getting them higher and closer to the cords.
As of December 15, 2018, consumers are no longer able to buy corded blinds at regular stores or online. The new rule applies to stock products sold in stores and online, which make up over 80% of all window-covering products in the US and Canada.
Carr and Carr Can help
Carr and Carr Attorneys continue to fight for families whose children have been killed or harmed by window blind cords. It is important that these families receive compensation for the death or injury and suffering they have gone through.
If your child has been injured or killed due to strangulation from cords on roll-up blinds or Roman shades, contact the personal injury attorneys at Carr & Carr. Our offices are located in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, but we work with families across the country. Please call us at 1-844-210-7917 or email us today to see if we can be of service to you and help protect your rights. We have helped many families who have been through traumatic personal situations involving their children and we might be able to help your family.
Also, remember time limits called “statute of limitations” are in effect for filing law suits. The time limit and other regulations are different in each state, so talk with the personal injury attorneys at Carr & Carr as soon as possible to learn what options your family has. If you want to preserve your legal rights, you must file appropriate law suits before the time limits expire.