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October 01, 2015

IKEA will no longer stock window blinds with pull cords identified as child strangulation hazard

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IKEA US will only offer safe window coverings with no or non-accessible cords.

IKEA announced that beginning Thursday, it will no longer sell window blinds with pull cords, which have been identified as a strangulation hazard for children. 

The retailer will now only offer "safe window coverings with no or non-accessible cords."

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Between 1996 and 2012, an average of nearly one young child per month died from strangling in window cords, according to research by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

The new range consists of cordless blinds, a cellular/ honeycomb blind with non-accessible cords, and curtains with heading tape and Velcro tie backs.

"We are really happy that we can offer safe window coverings to all our customers worldwide," Emelie Knoester, range manager at Business Area Textiles, IKEA of Sweden, said in a statement. 

"At the same time we really would like to remind costumers to check their present window coverings to ensure that they do not pose a strangulation risk to young children." 

In July, IKEA and CPSC announced a repair program to make dressers safer for children.