For years, window blind manufacturers have understood the dangers of window blind cords, which lead to a reported 12 deaths and 33 injuries, all children, every year. But critics believe manufacturers are not addressing these problems correctly in order to protect children, according to The Los Angeles Times.
These injuries come from children accidentally strangling themselves in the cords within the blinds, a danger that has been known since a 1997 study. While many know about the dangers of dangling operational cords, which are the cords that are pulled to raise and lower blinds, the most common cause of injury and wrongful death is the inner cord. This cord is the string that is laced through the slats of the blinds themselves, which can be pulled out enough to form a loop that a child can be strangled with if unsupervised.
Although the dangers of this product have been outlined from multiple studies, critics state that manufacturers have not made many improvements. Manufacturers, on the other hand, state that they have made improvements to their design to prevent injuries, although accident rates have not decreased in recent years. Currently, debate continues over whether cordless models of window blinds are best, as they prevent such accidents from possibly happening but are much more costly than regular blinds.
At Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, our California product liability lawyers understand the serious nature of an unknowingly dangerous product. The losses suffered from defective products can be both unexpected and devastating. For more information on how we may be able to help you in your case, contact our offices at 213-514-8332.