Window blind cords claim the life of Hixson toddler, feds mull standards

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Erin Hixon Story“If you have young children, it’s like having a loaded gun lying in their room,” Shero said. “It’s a helpless death. It’s quiet. There’s not a cry, there’s nothing. It’s completely silent. And it needs to stop.”

Hundreds of children have died in window blind cords during the last 20 years. It’s hard to say exactly how many accidents go unreported, but Parents for Window Blind Safety has recorded 362 deaths or injuries in window cords since 1996.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said it saw 184 deaths and 100 injuries between 1996 and 2012 — that’s a rate of one death per month.

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