Proposed Laundry Detergent Pod Poisoning and Child Safety Act calls On Consumer Product Safety Commission To Create New Safety Standards To Prevent Injuries And Death Allegedly Due To The Liquid Detergent Pod Comments Wright & Schulte LLC
As the attorneys at Wright & Schulte LLC represent clients of children and an elderly man in laundry pod lawsuits from purported liquid laundry detergent poisoning, the firm has recently learned that both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate recently introduced legislation designed to protect children five and under from getting sick or injured from laundry detergent pods. The proposed Detergent Poisoning and Child Safety Act calls for the Consumer Product Safety Commission to develop safety standards for the liquid detergent packets. As stated in the proposed law, the safety standards would require special packaging for the detergent and would address the design and color of the packets to make them less attractive to young children, who mistake the brightly colored detergent packets for candy. According to the proposed legislation, making the packets less attractive would reduce the likelihood of children’s exposure to and ingestion of a laundry pod. Additionally, the legislation proposes that the new safety standards address the composition of the liquid detergent packet to make the consequences of exposure less severe.
“We applaud the House and the Senate for raising even more awareness of this serious issue by introducing legislation designed to prevent further injuries and death to young children, as well as adults,” says Wright & Schulte LLC, a nationwide law firm that is representing families in liquid laundry pod lawsuits and in other cases involving unsafe consumer products. “We look forward to the day when this proposed legislation becomes law.”
The law firm notes that the proposed law also calls for manufacturers to add warning labels to inform consumers of the potential risks of injury and death caused by exposure or ingestion of the laundry packets. The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) recently reported that poison centers nationwide had received 1,734 reports, as of February 28, of children five years old and under being exposed to single-load laundry packets which release highly concentrated liquid detergent after they dissolve. According the AAPCC, children who place the laundry pods in their mouths experience excessive vomiting, wheezing and gasping, and some get very sleepy or have difficulty breathing. Additionally, children have corneal abrasions (scratches to the eyes) when the detergent gets into their eyes, the AAPCC reported.
Wright & Schulte recently filed a laundry pod lawsuit against Procter & Gamble on behalf of an elderly man who died after being exposed to Proctor & Gamble’s Tide Pods laundry detergent. According to the Tide Pods lawsuit, the man, who suffered from diminished mental capacity, swallowed, inhaled or was exposed to the Tide Pods packets which allegedly resulted in serious personal injuries, including his tragic death. (Case No. A 1500868, Hamilton County (Ohio) Court of Common Pleas)
The firm has also filed lawsuits against manufacturers of laundry detergent pods on behalf of 13 infants and toddlers from Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, North Carolina and Texas 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 liquid detergent packets (Case No. A14068580, Court of Common Pleas in Hamilton County, Ohio) According to court documents, the liquid laundry detergent packet lawsuits purport that detergent manufacturers knew or should have known that young children would be attracted to the brightly colored laundry detergent packets that are easy to open. The lawsuits further contend that detergent manufacturers failed to warn consumers about the defective and dangerous characteristics of the liquid detergent pods.
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