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Government slow in efforts to force safer window blinds

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Consumer Product Safety Commission will be discussing safety standards with representatives of the window blinds industry next week.

A commission spokesman says chairman Inez Tenenbaum has urged blind and shade makers to improve their voluntary standards. She has also has threatened federal action. But Tenenbaum, who has been in office about eight months, has set no deadline for manufacturers to comply.

The agency estimates about 500 children have strangled on the cords since the early 1980s -- an average of about one child each month.

Manufacturers don't want new government rules. They say they've worked to improve safety standards and to warn consumers about potential dangers.

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