Laundry Pod Lawsuits: Another Bill Introduced To Protect Children From Laundry Detergent Pod Poisoning

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Liquid Laundry Pod Lawsuits Allege Young Children And The Elderly Have Suffered Serious Injury And Even Death After Exposure To Single-Load Laundry Packets.

Liquid-Laundry-Pod-Poisoning-Lawsuits-Wright-and-SchutleWright & Schulte LLC continues to represent children, adults and their families in laundry pod lawsuits, against the makers of Tide and other manufacturers, who have been injured or died by exposure to laundry pods. The firm has learned a New York lawmaker has introduced legislation to require laundry pod makers to use child-resistant packaging in New York. Laundry detergent manufacturers, including Procter & Gamble, are facing laundry detergent lawsuit claims that purport that they knew or should have known that their easy-to-open, highly concentrated laundry pods would injure young children who are attracted to the brightly colored, candy-like capsules. The firm is representing 13 families from around the country of young children who have experienced chemical burns and poisoning after they mistook the brightly colored laundry pods for candy. The firm is also representing the family of an elderly man who passed away after he was exposed to laundry pods.

The new bill, introduced by Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Queen), requires laundry detergent makers to change the color and design of their liquid laundry pods to make them less attractive to children, to individually wrap the pods, and to sell them in child-resistant containers. New York legislators will consider the bill next year. If passed, the law would only apply to laundry detergent products sold in New York.
[wsj.com/articles/another-effort-to-reduce-poisonings-caused-by-laundry-detergent-pods-1448915212, Wall Street Journal, November 30, 2015]

“Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas says this proposed law is aimed at reducing poisoning accidents involving laundry pods,” Wright & Schulte LLC comments. “So far this year, the American Association of Poison Control Center (AAPCC) reports that more than 11,500 children 5 and younger have been sickened or injured allegedly due to laundry detergent pods.”

The New York legislator’s bill is similar to legislation introduced earlier this year in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. The proposed Detergent Poisoning and Child Safety Act (PACS) of 2015 is aimed at protecting children five and under from falling ill or suffering injuries from their exposure to laundry detergent pods. The proposed bills calls for the Consumer Product Safety Commission to develop safety standards for the laundry pods. The safety standards would require special packaging, and changing 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 the AAPCC, children who place the laundry pods in their mouths experience excessive vomiting, wheezing and gasping, sleepiness, breathing difficulties, and scratches to the eyes when the detergent gets into their eyes.
[congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/1139/text]
[aapcc.org/alerts/laundry-detergent-packets/]

The federal bills were put on hold after laundry detergent makers approved a new voluntary packaging safety standard in September for their liquid laundry pods. Under the new measure, detergent makers will place the pods in opaque containers so children cannot see the colorful capsules and make the containers harder to open. Warning labels would be added to the front and back of the container. The film would take longer to dissolve once wet and a bitter taste would be added to the film that encases the detergent to deter children from putting the packets in their mouths.
[wsj.com/articles/another-effort-to-reduce-poisonings-caused-by-laundry-detergent-pods-1448915212, Wall Street Journal, November 30, 2015]
[nytimes.com/2015/09/16/health/to-deter-poisoning-of-children-safety-measures-for-packaging-of-laundry-pods-are-approved.html?_r=1, September 15, 2015]

Wright & Schulte LLC is currently representing the families of 13 children nationwide who allege they were injured after being exposed to Procter & Gamble’s Tide Pods laundry packets. (Case No. A14068580, Court of Common Pleas in Hamilton County, Ohio) The Firm is also handling a laundry pod lawsuit involving a 67-year-old man who suffered from diminished mental capacity, and who died after being exposed to Tide Pods laundry detergent. (Case No. A 1500868, Hamilton County (Ohio) Court of Common Pleas)

About Wright & Schulte LLC and Filing a Laundry Pod Lawsuits: Wright & Schulte LLC, an experienced personal injury firm, is dedicated to the belief that America’s legal system should work for the people. Every day, the attorneys of Wright & Schulte LLC stand up for the rights of people who have been injured or wronged and fight tirelessly to ensure that even the world’s most powerful corporations take responsibility for their actions. If you’re looking for a law firm that will guarantee the aggressive and personal representation you deserve, please do not hesitate to contact Wright & Schulte LLC today. Free Tide Pods lawsuit case evaluations are available through yourlegalhelp.com or by calling 1-800-399-0795.

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