The CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) ruled in November 2022 to eliminate all exposed cords in custom window treatments that are longer than 8” due to child and pet safety. In December 2022, a lawsuit was filed in opposition to the ruling for a number of reasons, most of which you can find with a quick Google search. As of January 2023, the court granted a stay in the ruling and planned to announce an update in June of 2023 – which never came. Rest assured you will be updated as soon as we have more information.
What does this mean for you?
- Schammerhorn prides itself on being up to date with the latest in the industry regarding product, specification, and best practices. We will continue following this for you and keep you apprised as we learn more.
- Child and pet safety is a high priority! Cordless and motorized options in homes or areas with kids or pets are recommended.
- If the ruling is implemented, we’re told it’s likely to be in Fall 2023 and would eliminate all exposed cords longer than 8″ in both residential and commercial applications.
- Our manufacturers are already looking for and testing new window treatment controls if they need to move forward with the ruling as it was originally written.
- Hunter Douglas has eliminated the following beginning May 2023:
- Skyline Sliding Panels with Continuous Loop Control. Wand and motorized options are still available.
- Wood and Faux Wood Blinds with cordlock and cord tilt. Wand tilt, motorized tilt, and cordless lift are still available.
- Aluminum Blinds with cordlock and cord tilt. Wand tilt and cordless lift are still available.
- Vertical Blinds with chain control. Wand control is still available.
- Solera Soft Shades – product is discontinued.
- How can I keep track of what options my clients have now?
- No need to! As things will be evolving quickly over the next months, give us a call or shoot us an email or text. We’re staying up to date on it so you don’t have to.
- Will you still be able to repair shades with exposed cords?
- The way the ruling is written now, we will still be able to repair window treatments with cords if they were manufactured before the imposed ruling. However, if the shade has to be remade after the imposed legislation, it will have to be remade to current standards at that time. Schammerhorn is not discontinuing the sale of corded products (as available from our manufacturers) until there is more information. Window treatments will continue to have the same warranty they always have.
- Is it wise to quote or purchase corded window treatments to my clients right now?
- Schammerhorn will continue to offer and sell corded window treatments at this time and warranties will stay the same. Keep in mind, pricing and availability of options are subject to change based on the legislation. If your client really wants a corded option, the best time to order is now!