CPSC issues rule to protect children from strangulation by window covering cords. Industry association sues.

Nearly half of the children caught in cords for shades, blinds, or other window coverings die — close to 100 kids died of strangulation from window covering cords in 2021 — according to data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Two years ago, Canada announced a regulation strictly limiting the length of window covering cords and adopting other requirements to protect children. The regulation went into effect earlier this year.

On November 28, the CPSC issued a similar regulation. The CPSC regulation applies to window coverings manufactured after after next May.

Two days later, the Window Coverings Manufacturers Ass'n sued the CPSC, trying to block the rule. The case is pending in the D.C. Circuit.

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