IKEA will no longer carry stock window blinds with pull cords. The blinds have long been blamed for strangulation deaths and injuries in children.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) calls the blinds one of the five deadliest “hidden home hazards.”
Tragedy can occur when pull cords tangle and create a choking hazard for children who play with them.
The CPSC says approximately one young child per month dies because of window blind cords.
“These statistics make it evident that window blinds and coverings with exposed cords can be a hazard for young children,” IKEA said in a press release. The company’s announcement was made during Window Covering Safety Month.
“IKEA is committed to working together with our customers to raise awareness of this important issue and to help families get the knowledge they need to ensure a safer everyday life at home,” said Heather Spatz, IKEA U.S. Country Sales Manager.
The company will now only carry window blinds or coverings that have either no cords or inaccessible cords.
The blinds are being removed immediately from U.S. stores while International locations will remove the corded windows blinds by January 2016.
The CPSC provides recommendations for preventing strangulations at its Window Covering Safety Center website.