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Why IKEA stops selling window blinds with cords

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NEW YORK — IKEA said it will no longer sell window blinds with cords because of the risk of strangulation.

An average of one child per month died from strangulation by window cords between 1996 and 2012, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, a fact that spurred IKEA’s decision.

IKEA said that none of its U.S. stores are selling blinds with cords as of Oct. 1. The Swedish furniture retailer plans to go global with this policy by Jan. 1, 2016.