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CPSC RIN: 3041-AD31 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
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. The petition requested that the Commission initiate proceedings to promulgate a mandatory standard to eliminate accessible cords on window covering products. 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. The Commission voted to accept CPSC staff's recommendation to approve the petition and subsequently issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) for corded window coverings. 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. Staff sent two notices of proposed rulemaking (NPRMs) to the Commission for consideration in October 2021.  The first NPRM, under section 15(j) of the CPSA, would amend 16 CFR part 1120 to add hazardous operating and inner cords on stock window coverings, and hazardous inner cords on custom window coverings, to the list of substantial product hazards. The listed cords would be required to comply with the 2018 voluntary standard for window covering cords or else be subject to denial of admission and/or corrective action.  The second NPRM, under sections 7 and 9 of the CPSA, proposes that operating cords on custom window coverings meet the same requirements as operating cords on stock window coverings under the 2018 voluntary standard.  The Commission voted in January 2022 to issue both proposed rules.  The comment period ends on March 23, 2022.  On March 16, 2022, the Commission held a hearing for the presentation of oral comments on the rule for operating cords on custom window coverings.

Agency: Consumer Product Safety Commission(CPSC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final 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    15 U.S.C. 2064(j)   
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 
NPRM Briefing Package to Commission  10/06/2021 
Commission Decision  12/14/2021 
NPRM for Stock Window Coverings  01/07/2022  87 FR 891   
NPRM for Custom Window Coverings  01/07/2022  87 FR 1014   
Draft FR Notice to Commission to Extend NPRM Comment Period  02/23/2022 
Commission Decision Not To Extend Comment Period  03/01/2022 
Hearing to Present Oral Comments on NPRM re Custom Window Coverings  03/16/2022 
Staff Sends Final Rule Briefing Package to Commission  09/00/2022 
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