Laundry Pod Poisoning Lawsuits Allege Young Children and The Elderly Suffered Severe Injuries After Ingesting The Candy Like Detergent Podss
While parents and families are fighting laundry pod poisoning lawsuits after young children and the elderly have suffered burns, poisoning and at least one death from the detergent products, Consumer Reports is reporting on a suggested Halloween candy bucket use for empty Tide Pod containers. Not only is it a “bad idea” to put candy in a container with detergent residue, but young children may mistake the small, colorful laundry pods that come in those orange containers for candy, according to Consumer Reports. Procter & Gamble purposely redesigned its Tide Pod containers because children and senior adults were being poisoned by the pods after biting into them believing that they were candy.
“We feel that this suggested use may increase the likelihood of serious injuries because of children mistaking poisonous pods for candy,” states Wright & Schulte LLC, a nationwide law firm that is currently representing multiple families in Tide Pod lawsuits that allege Procter & Gamble failed to properly package and disclose the risks associated with its product.
Recently, The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) reported that over 7,800 children, ages 5 and younger, were exposed to the highly concentrated single load laundry detergent pods from January 1 to August 31. Reports further show that 1,044 calls were made in August alone.
The firm is representing multi families of children and the elderly in laundry pod lawsuits after they ingested the candy like detergent pods and suffered serious injuries including facial burns and even death. Therefore, the firm sees using the laundry pod painters as a potentially risky idea that could raise the amount of laundry pods poisonings reported to poison control centers.
In an effort to prevent more liquid laundry pod poisonings, political advocates introduced The Detergent Poisoning And Child Safety Act in 2015 that would require manufacturers to add more safety warnings on their packages, change the laundry pods candy-like appearance and change the highly concentrated formula. While the bill is pending in the U.S. House and Senate, the American Association of Poison Control Centers reports that over 8,800 kids 5 and younger have been exposed since January to detergent pods by ingesting, inhaling, or absorbing them.
A laundry detergent study published in the British Medical Journal in June showed laundry pods cause more serious injuries to children under 5. Further, children exposed to pod detergent were four times more likely to be hospitalized than those exposed to standard detergent. The Pediatrics medical journal reported a 7-year-old Florida boy died in 2013 after ingesting a laundry pod.
Liquid laundry detergent pods are popular because the pre-measured packets can wash a single load of laundry. However, consumer safety advocates have been calling for changes to the laundry pods. Consumer Reports was part of a committee that created a voluntary standard for the detergent industry that included making clear detergent pod containers opaque, making the pods harder to burst when squeezed, and adding a bitter-tasting substance to the pod’s outer film. In response, Procter & Gamble has redesigned its Tide Pods and Gain Flings packages to include an opaque outer front, larger warnings and a child-guard zipper to make it harder for young children to open. The company is also running commercials that warn adults to keep laundry pod containers out of reach of young children.
Meanwhile, Wright & Schulte is representing the families of 13 infants and toddlers from 12 states who were injured after being exposed to Tide Pods laundry packets. The children, who range in age from 20 months to 5 years old, either swallowed, inhaled or were exposed to the gel within the pods. (Laundry Pod Poisoning Lawsuits Case No. A14068580, Court of Common Pleas in Hamilton County, Ohio) The firm is also representing the family of an elderly man with dementia, who died after biting into Tide Pods laundry detergent. (Laundry Pod Poisoning Lawsuits Case No. A 1500868, Hamilton County (Ohio) Court of Common Pleas)
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