TUESDAY, Aug. 30, 2022 (HealthDay Information) — Prospects who purchased a bestselling mattress bought on Amazon and at retailers nationwide are suing the producer amid claims that fiberglass fibers within the product have broken their well being.
Zinus, Inc., is fielding a number of lawsuits over its “Inexperienced Tea Mattress.” Among the many claims is a proposed class-action lawsuit led by a California girl who’s representing a number of thousand individuals.
“It isn’t hyperbole to say that this has ravaged 1000’s of people’ lives from throughout the USA,” James Radcliffe, a private damage lawyer with Cueto Regulation, informed the Los Angeles Occasions.
Radcliffe’s agency began a 2020 lawsuit on behalf of Amanda Chandler and Robert Durham of Illinois, who mentioned they spent months in a lodge and paid greater than $20,000 in skilled mediation companies after a Zinus reminiscence foam mattress bought at Walmart for his or her youngster contaminated their house with fiberglass in 2019.
One other girl, Vanessa Gutierrez of Los Angeles, informed the Occasions that the mattress she purchased for her 4-year-old daughter had price her practically $20,000 in damages and left scars from the fiberglass on the lady’s chest and calves.
One reviewer on Amazon warned that they unzipped the outer cowl of the mattress and “unleashed [an] invisible fiberglass storm into our home,” CBS Information reported.
A consultant from Zinus informed CBS Information that the fiberglass is “commonplace within the mattress trade” and is not thought of hazardous by the U.S. Client Product Security Fee (CPSC).
“Most shopper complaints about fiberglass being launched from mattresses which were reviewed by workers concerned the outer cowl being eliminated or broken. If the outer cowl stays intact, then the publicity to fiberglass particles is anticipated to be minimal,” the CSPC informed CBS Information.
California’s Division of Public Well being carried out a examine printed within the Worldwide Journal of Environmental Analysis and Public Well being in February discovering that fiberglass fibers had “a possible threat of shopper publicity if the zipper on the outer cowl is opened.”
Fiberglass is a more cost effective fire-retardant materials. The queen-sized Inexperienced Tea reminiscence foam mattress sells for about $310 on Amazon. It consists of directions warning clients to not take away the outer mattress cowl, to guard the hearth barrier inside, Zinus informed CBS Information.
Amazon didn’t reply to CBS Information’ requests for remark. Walmart did and famous that it and different retailers have been dropped from the preliminary lawsuit.
The U.S. Client Product Security Fee has extra on mattresses.
SOURCES: CBS Information; Los Angeles Occasions