Loose cords for window coverings (e.g. roller blinds, concertina blinds, Roman blinds and slatted blinds like Venetian blinds) can pose a risk of strangulation to young children who can become entangled in cord loops.
Since 2009 there have been 6 deaths of young children in New Zealand due to cords in window coverings – 3 of which have occurred in the past 10 years.
MBIE has taken a number of steps to address safety issues with these products, including engaging with retailers, manufacturers, suppliers and community organisations, as well as consumer promotions. This was to raise awareness and encourage consumers to consider the voluntary retrofitting of safety measures for corded window coverings or the purchase and sale of cordless designs.
MBIE is seeking feedback on a range of options to further address the safety risks corded window coverings pose to young children.
This document consults on possible approaches to regulation, as well as other non-regulatory options that could support regulation.
MBIE intends to use this consultation process, along with further research, to develop a better understanding of the nature and scale of the problem, the options, benefits, costs and other impacts of the options, and implementation.
Your feedback will be used to inform MBIE’s policy development process and advice to Ministers on addressing risks from corded window coverings.
To provide a submission please complete the submission template.
Submissions close on 5 March 2023, 5pm.