Monday March 20, 2017
Commissioners Hear Stories of Window Cord Activists
Commissioners March 14 heard from the survivors of two children who died in window cord incidents. Their input, which included memories of the girls and descriptions of the events, also included several themes:
The visitors called on commissioners to act on the 2013 petition that seeks a ban of accessible cords; the agency's recent regulatory agenda (PSL, 1/2/17) gave a soft target of this fall for a briefing package with a recommendation.
Any CPSC proposal would need to consider recent work by the Window Covering Manufacturers Association on updating its standards. The direction has included a distinction between custom and stock units (PSL, 12/12/16), with the latter getting more attention. CPSC staff early last fall (PSL, 9/19/16), wrote WCMA to support a "segmented" approach of focusing first on products that can meet updated requirements sooner rather than waiting until all can.
Earlier this year, prior to stepping down from the chairman position, Commissioner Elliot Kaye urged the Retail Industry Leaders Association to keep open the possibility of pulling out of the WCMA process, calling the stock/custom approach "better than nothing" but "flawed" (PSL, 1/30/17).