4 kids killed by window covering cords in 3 weeks

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Four children have died due to window covering cords in three weeks, according to Parents for Window Blind Safety, Consumer Federation of America, and Independent Safety Consulting.

The groups are calling on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission " to take effective action to protect children from the preventable strangulation hazard posed by cords on window coverings in light of four children's deaths in three weeks," said the CFA in a press release on Tuesday.

The CFA reports that in 22 days, four children have strangled to death from cords on a window covering. The children include a 6-year-old girl in Maryland on Feb. 8; a 3-year-old girl in Texas on Feb. 15; a 4-year-old boy in Georgia on Feb. 17; and a 2-year old boy in Maryland on March 1.

CFA says 293 deaths and serious injuries have been caused by cords between 1996 and 2012.

The CPSC recognizes window covering cords as one of the "top five hidden hazards in the home" on its website.


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