Despite the fact that window blinds were redesigned in 1995 to eliminate the outer loop on the end of pull cords and again in 2011 so that inner cords can't form a loop, free repair kits have been offered to fix old blinds, and millions of blinds have been recalled over the years, there are still window blinds in our homes that can cause tragedies.
This is highlighted by the fact that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently recalled at least 139,000 custom-made vertical and 315,000 horizontal blinds that were made by Blind Xpress of Livonia, Michigan. The recall follows the report of a 2-year-old girl who was strangled by a loop of a vertical blind cord.
These recalled window blinds were sold from January 1995 through December 2011 at various blind specialty stores in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. If you have them, or other blinds that haven't been fixed, be sure to get a free repair kit to retrofit your blinds from the Window Covering Safety Council.