The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission created this rule to urge manufacturers to follow the new and evolving standards that are aimed directly at keeping children safe. CPSC Rules Calling For Cordless Window Blinds And Shades Goes went into Effect on December 15, 2018.
CPSC data has indicated that 184 children were strangled to death between 1996 and 2012. More than 100 children sustained severe injuries, many resulted in permanent brain damage, scarring and permanent loss of mobility.
Earlier this year, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved a separate window covering standard which requires any stock or substantially fabricated window covering to be cordless or have inaccessible cords that cannot measure over eight inches in length. The standards also apply to custom-order blinds and window coverings that will require a tilt wand if the cords are over 8 inches long.