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CPSC RIN: 3041-AD31 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Petition for Rulemaking to Eliminate Accessible Cords on Window Covering Products 

The Commission received a petition from a group of nine organizations representing consumer groups, safety consultants, and legal counsel: Parents for Window Blind Safety, Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union, Kids in Danger, Public Citizen, U.S. PIRG, Independent Safety Consulting, Safety Behavior Analysis, Inc., and Onder, Shelton, O'Leary & Peterson. The petition requested that the Commission initiate proceedings to promulgate a mandatory standard to eliminate accessible cords on window covering products. The request was docketed on June 26, 2013, as Petition CP 13-2, under the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA). The petition asserts that a mandatory rule is necessary because attempts to develop a voluntary standard that adequately mitigates the risk of injury associated with window covering cords have been unsuccessful. On July 2, 2013, the Commission voted unanimously to approve publication in the Federal Register of a notice soliciting comments on the petition. The notice was published on July 15, 2013. The comment period closed on September 13, 2013. After reviewing the comments, staff prepared for Commission consideration a briefing package on the petition. On October 8, 2014, the Commission voted unanimously to accept CPSC staff's recommendation to approve the petition. On January 9, 2015, the Commission voted unanimously to approve publication of the draft ANPRM for corded window coverings, with changes, in the Federal Register. The ANPRM begins a rulemaking proceeding under the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA) to address the risk of strangulation to young children that is associated with corded window covering products. After assessing comments, staff will prepare an NPRM briefing package for the Commission. A draft Federal Register Notice to extend the ANPR comment period was forwarded to the Commission on March 10, 2015. On March 16, 2015, the Commission voted to publish notice extending the comment period to June 1, 2015. The Federal Register Notice announcing the extension of the comment period published on March 23, 2015. The comment period closed on June 1, 2015. Staff will prepare an NPRM briefing package for Commission consideration.

Agency: Consumer Product Safety Commission(CPSC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 553(e), Administrative Procedure Act    15 U.S.C 2056    15 U.S.C. 2058   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Petition Docketed  06/26/2013 
Notice for Comment Published in Federal Register  07/15/2013  78 FR 42026   
Comment Period End  09/13/2013 
Staff Sends ANPR Briefing Package to Commission  09/30/2014 
Commission Decision  10/08/2014 
ANPRM Published in the Federal Register  01/16/2015  80 FR 2327   
Draft FR Notice to Commission to Extend ANPR Comment Period  03/10/2015 
FR Notice Announcing Extension of Comment Period  03/23/2015  80 FR 15173   
Comment Period Closed  06/01/2015 
Staff Sends NPRM Briefing Package to Commission  09/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Rana Balci-Sinha
Project Manager, Directorate for Engineering Sciences
Consumer Product Safety Commission
National Product Testing and Evaluation Center, 5 Research Place,
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone:301 987-2584