New Safety Standards Questioned for "Blind Cords"


Researchers are calling for the elimination of accessible cords on window blinds because they keep killing children.  Dr. Gary Smith is the senior author of the study which looked at children under six-years-old during a 25-year period ending in 2015.

Smith is director of the Center for Injury Prevention at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Ohio and said 17-thousand children were injured during that same time frame.  

New standards will go into effect next year, but Smith says they're not strong enough to completely eliminate the risk posed by window blind cords.  He says all window blind products should be made cordless.  

His study is published in the medical journal "Pediatrics."

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