Government agencies must take action to justify their existence.  Agency action usually means loss of freedom and financial harm to the public.  One of the most worthless government agencies is the Consumer Product Safety Commission that now sticks its ugly head in all facets of American life.  It’s latest target – roller shades used on windows.  Regardless of the fact that there is no evidence that any person, child or adult, has ever been harmed by the roller shades, the CPSC recalled 1.3 million shades.  Unelected bureaucrats are ruling our lives.

Earth to the CPSC – it is not possible to eliminate every possible threat to children.  Here’s the latest CPSC joke tragedy outrage recall:

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.  Name of Product:  Roman and Roller shades.  Units: About 1.3 million (1,160,000 Roman shades and 115,000 roller shades).


  • Roman Shades: Strangulations can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the shade or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck.
  • Roller Shades: Strangulation can occur if the shade’s continuous loop cord is not attached to the wall with the tension device provided and a child’s neck becomes entangled in the free-standing loop.


  • Roller Shades: CPSC and Smith+Noble have received a report of a 5-year-old boy in Tacoma, Washington who became entangled in an unsecured continuous loop bead cord on a roller shade in May 2009. No medical treatment was required.
  • Roman Shades: None.

Here’s a picture of the dangerous shades.