CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye and Health Canada’s Acting Director General, Consumer Product Safety Directorate James Van Loon addressed ICPHSO and the media jointly, to announce that CPSC and Health Canada are united in their commitment to eliminate corded blinds due to the risk of injury to children from cords.

Chairman Kaye stated that he believes this is the year in which industry will commit to eliminating corded blinds, citing commitments  from IKEA, Target, Walmart, Home Depot, and Lowe’s to phase the product configurations out.

Acting Director General Van Loon echoed Chairman Kaye’s comments, stating that both Health Canada and CPSC are working hard to collaborate with industry to change the industry standard. But he warned that both agencies are prepared to act unilaterally if changes to industry standard do not happen fast enough.