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AB-282 Accessible window covering cords.(2015-2016)



SECTION 1.
 (a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(1) Accessible window covering cords present a significant risk of injury, particularly strangulation, to young children.
(2) The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission identified window coverings as one of the top five hidden home hazards in the country.
(3) The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System demonstrates that nationwide from 1996 through 2012, an estimated 1,590 children were treated for injuries resulting from entanglements on window covering cords.
(4) The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has recorded 184 reported fatal strangulations nationwide from 1996 through 2012 involving window covering cords among children eight years and younger.
(5) Of the 249 window covering cord incidents the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission investigated from 1996 through 2012, they determined that 57 percent of the incidents would not have been effectively prevented by the voluntary standards published by the American National Standards Institute and Window Covering Manufacturers Association.
(6) For more than a decade, manufacturers have been producing safe window coverings designed to eliminate accessible, hazardous cords that currently represent 20 to 25 percent of the market.
(b) It is the intent of the Legislature to subsequently amend this measure to enact legislation to protect children from the preventable strangulation hazard posed by cords on window coverings by adopting standards that provide for safer window coverings in California.