Lawsuit Claims Amazon’s High-Promoting Mattress a ‘Well being Hazard’

By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, Aug. 30, 2022 (HealthDay Information) — Prospects who purchased a bestselling mattress offered 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 folks.

“It isn’t hyperbole to say that this has ravaged hundreds of people’ lives from throughout america,” James Radcliffe, a private damage lawyer with Cueto Legislation, advised the Los Angeles Occasions.

Radcliffe’s agency began a 2020 lawsuit on behalf of Amanda Chandler and Robert Durham of Illinois, who stated 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, advised the Occasions that the mattress she purchased for her 4-year-old daughter had value her almost $20,000 in damages and left scars from the fiberglass on the woman’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 advised CBS Information that the fiberglass is “normal within the mattress business” and is not thought of hazardous by the U.S. Shopper Product Security Fee (CPSC).

“Most shopper complaints about fiberglass being launched from mattresses which have been reviewed by workers concerned the outer cowl being eliminated or broken. If the outer cowl stays intact, then the publicity to fiberglass particles is predicted to be minimal,” the CSPC advised CBS Information.

California’s Division of Public Well being performed a research printed within the Worldwide Journal of Environmental Analysis and Public Well being in February discovering that fiberglass fibers had “a possible danger 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 fireplace barrier inside, Zinus advised 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.

Extra info

The U.S. Shopper Product Security Fee has extra on mattresses.

SOURCES: CBS Information; Los Angeles Occasions

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