Your home could contain a product that is responsible for injuring 17,000 children under 6 years old between 1990 and 2015. According to a new study published in the medical journal Pediatrics, window coverings are responsible for injuring roughly two children per day. In addition, almost one child per month is killed in an incident involving window coverings.
The study pulled information from databases operated by federal agencies, such as the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Many incidents resulted in minor injuries. In these cases, children were struck by window blinds.
A majority of cases that led to severe injuries or deaths involved children who became entangled in window blind cords. According to the study, entanglements were responsible for 80 percent of the 726 hospitalizations and 94 percent of the 271 deaths recorded between 1990 and 2015. Many of these incidents occurred in bedrooms or when children were not being supervised. Researchers noted that toddlers are most at risk of being killed or injured by window blinds. Children in this age group are more likely to interact with window blinds and are less able to escape after becoming entangled.
It has been widely known for decades that window blinds are dangerous for young children. As the study points out, hundreds of children suffered severe injuries or died because of these products. Despite the danger posed by window coverings, manufacturers are only now gearing up to implement standards that could prevent future deaths and injuries. For parents of children who were injured or killed by these products, the change is too little, too late. The Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) claims that 90 percent of window blinds sold in the US will be cordless by next year.
Can I File a Lawsuit for a Window Blind Accident?
Parents of children who were harmed by these products should consider speaking with a product liability attorney. Lawsuits could hold manufacturers and other parties accountable for designing and releasing dangerous consumer products.
The New Jersey product liability attorneys at Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. have won millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for victims of dangerous consumer products.