Acorn and Motiv Selected by the Consumer Product Safety Commission for Child Safety Initiative

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Acorn Product Development and Motiv have been selected by The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to conduct a technical feasibility and cost improvement study pertaining to safer technologies that may be used to eliminate child strangulation hazards on a wide variety of window covering types.

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We are eager to assist in the development of broad-based, lower-cost, manufacturable solutions that make window coverings safer for children.

Acorn Product Development (http://www.acornpd.com) and Motiv (http://www.the-motiv.com) have been selected by the CPSC to conduct a technical feasibility and cost improvement study pertaining to safer technologies that may be used to eliminate child strangulation hazards on a wide variety of window covering types.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that a minimum of 11 children under the age of five suffer fatal strangulation injuries from window-covering cords each year. As a result, many retailers, including IKEA and Target, have discontinued the sale of corded blinds due to safety hazards that may result in injury or death.

"While progress has been made in making window coverings safer, there is still work to be done”, said Barry Braunstein, Vice President at Acorn Product Development,. “Children continue to suffer serious injury or death caused by unsafe window covering cords. We are eager to assist in the development of broad-based, lower-cost, manufacturable solutions that make window coverings safer for children.

In addition to safety, the combined team of Acorn and Motiv will also explore the impact of new, safer technology on window covering types, sizes, weight, ease of use, aesthetic appeal, and affordability. The companies look forward to working with the CPSC to present the findings to manufacturers and bring safer window coverings to market quickly so consumers—particularly families with young children—have safe, well-engineered indoor window coverings to choose from.

About Acorn Product Development
Founded in 1993, Acorn Product Development is based in Silicon Valley with design centers in Silicon Valley, Boston, Atlanta, and China. With more than 400 products in its portfolio, Acorn provides comprehensive product engineering services for leading consumer, industrial, robotics, data communications, and medical companies around the globe. Experts in design for manufacturability, Acorn helps its clients create products that excel in performance and profitability. For more information, visit us at http://www.acornpd.com.

About Motiv
Motiv is a Boston-based design firm that partners with companies around the world to develop brands, design products, and deliver creative solutions that millions of people experience every day.

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