Window Blinds and Window Blind Loops: Strangulation and Asphyxiation Hazards for Children
With over 293 injuries and deaths in just 16 years linked to window blinds and window blind loops, these products have long been recognized as strangulation and asphyxiation hazards for children who find themselves incapable of disentangling them from the cords. Small and young children are especially susceptible, according to the Archives of Disease of Childhood. Their undeveloped muscles, weak windpipes, and large heads contribute to their vulnerability.
Responses: Recalls, Lawsuits, and Petitions
The window blind industry has been responsive to child injuries and deaths resulting from their products. Many recalls have been issued over the last two decades. The largest of these occurred in 2009, when millions of roller blinds, roll-up blinds, and roman shades were voluntarily recalled after causing a number of deaths and injuries. Each time, the manufacturers reconfigure their design to what they perceive to be higher safety standards. At least six industry-wide safety overhauls have occurred since 1983.
However, many parents and safety advocates argue that the industry is not doing enough to protect child safety. A window blind strangulation lawsuit filed by the parents of a young boy who was strangled to death by a window blind loop accused the manufacturer, Hunter Douglas, Inc., of “reckless disregard” of the design of its product. They argued that the manufacturer chose to disregard their own recommendations to improve their products since the products did not always reflect the recommendations. A coalition of child safety advocacy groups filed a petition in March 2014, stating that neither the window blind industry nor the Consumer Product Safety Commission was being sufficiently proactive in eliminating the hazard in window blinds.
File a Window Blind Strangulation Lawsuit in New York
If you or someone you know in New York has had a death in the family due to window blinds or window blind cord strangulation or asphyxiation, then consider filing a window blind strangulation lawsuit to seek appropriate compensation for damages suffered. Contact Attorney Group for New York today for help. We can answer questions and concerns you might have about the process, provide you with a free case evaluation, and help find you an affiliated attorney who has the knowledge and experience to help you seek compensation. Contact us today for your free consultation.