After a nationwide recall on Roman shades last year, a local manufacturer has developed his own solution to make the product safer.
The chord on the back of traditional Roman shades posed a strangulation hazard, so Texton Inc. in Garland redesigned the window coverings to eliminate the chord, replacing it with a wider strap.
The company's owner said safety has always been important, but the new Audra Guard lift system was motivated in part by the birth of his daughter. It was even named after her.
"The life and death of a child rests on the parent, and it just took on a new meaning," Ed Williams said.
The company said it is in talks with a Dallas-based retailer to have it in stores in the coming weeks.