Yep, the The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced another voluntary recall on Roman Shades and Roll-Up Blinds. Add this to the dozens of blinds recalls that have come before.
Are parents even paying attention to these blinds recalls anymore? Are recalls really the answer?
In this most recent recall, the CPSC links window coverings, including Roman shades and roll-up blinds to a serious risk of strangulation to young children. "Strangulations in Roman shades occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the back side of the blind or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck. Strangulations in roll-up blinds occur when the lifting loop slides off the side of the blind and a child’s neck becomes entangled on the free-standing loop or if a child places his/her neck between the lifting loop and the roll-up blind material."
So basically if your blinds have a cord, your child might be at risk. Is it really necessary to keep recalling products? I mean, it's not really the same as the faulty manufacturing behind an accelerator getting stuck on a car.
Aren't hair dryers a risk if used improperly or near a sink. Aren't kids swimming pools a hazard if you leave kids unattended? One of my parent's neighbors died falling off a ladder, should we recall all ladders?
We should simply be educating parents about the risk, printing it on the box, and moving on. Or even better, let's use our creative minds to design all blinds going forward cordless, especially ones marketed for kids rooms or nurseries. Is it really that hard?
And here's the education part...
To help prevent child strangulation in window coverings, CPSC and the Window Covering Safety Council urge parents and caregivers to follow these guidelines:
- Examine all shades and blinds in the home. Make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side or back of the product. CPSC recommends the use of cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit.
- Do not place cribs, beds and furniture close to windows with corded window coverings because children can climb on them and gain access to the cords.
- Make loose cords inaccessible.
- If the window shade has looped bead chains or nylon cords, install tension devices to keep the cord taut.
Are you following these window covering guidelines in your home? Why or why not? How do you feel about recalls such as this?