New Laundry Pod Packaging Safety Standard Approved As Laundry Pod Lawsuits Continue

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Laundry Pod Lawsuits Allege Young Children and the Elderly Have Suffered Serious Injury and Even Death Due To The Candy Like Packaging of Laundry Pods

laundry-pod-poisoning-lawyer-detergent-pod-attorney-lawsuitWith the rising number of laundry pod lawsuits being filed and calls to poison control centers growing over young experiencing injuries and laundry pod poisoning, a new voluntary safety standard for laundry packets have recently been approved. Wright & Schulte LLC notes that the first safety standard for packaging and labeling the single-load laundry packets was approved Tuesday by American Society for Testing and Materials (A.S.T.M.) International, a non-profit global standards-setting organization. Developing the standard was an effort over the past year of the A.S.T.M’s laundry pod committee, made up of consumers, cleaning industry representatives, medical providers and officials from the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission. Wright & Schulte LLC is currently representing numerous families in laundry pod lawsuits against Procter & Gamble, the maker of Tide Pods and other Laundry Detergent Manufacturers. The families involved in laundry pod lawsuit claims are seeking compensation for serious injuries their young children suffered while one family mourns the loss an elderly family member allegedly due to exposure to the liquid laundry pods after they mistaking took them for candy.
[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]

“We are pleased that a new standard has been set for laundry pod packaging, but we also know this standard is voluntary,” says Wright & Schulte. “As we have said before, we believe children and older adults would be safe from serious injury and poisoning if manufacturers would be required to follow mandatory safety guidelines.”

According to a report from the New York Times, the new standard calls for detergent manufacturers to:

  • Place the pods in opaque containers so children cannot see the pods
  • Make the containers harder to open and place warning labels on the front
    and back
  • Add a bitter taste to the film that encases the detergent to deter children
  • from putting the packets in their mouths

  • Make the film take longer to dissolve once wet

Liquid laundry detergent pods have been popular since they came on the U.S. market three years ago. Consumers like the convenience of the pods because they are pre-measured to wash a single load of laundry. However, because of the bright colors of the small packets, youngsters mistake them for candy and ingest or inhale the contents. The new packaging standard does not require manufacturers to change the composition of their laundry detergent products to make it less toxic for children. Additionally, the standard does not require detergent makers to “tone down the pods’ appearances.”
[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]

American Association of Poison Control Center reports show that so far this year, 7,184 children 5 and younger have been sickened or injured purportedly due to laundry detergent pods (AAPCC). Last year, the AAPCC recorded 11,852 calls from poison centers nationwide of laundry pod exposure, up from 10, 273 in 2013. Children who put the product in their mouths have had excessive vomiting, wheezing and gasping, according to the AAPCC. Some children get sleepy, and have breathing problems serious enough to need a ventilator to help them breathe. The detergent can also cause serious eye problems, such as corneal abrasions, according to the AAPCC.
[aapcc.org/alerts/laundry-detergent-packets/, July 31, 2015]

Wright & Schulte LLC is currently representing the families of 13 children 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 an elderly man who suffered from diminished mental capacity, and who died after alleged exposure to Tide Pods laundry detergent. (Case No. A 1500868, Hamilton County (Ohio) Court of Common Pleas)

Wright & Schulte LLC continues to offer free legal reviews to individuals who may have been seriously injured due to exposure to the contents of Tide Pods or other single-load laundry packet. To learn more, or to arrange for a free consultation with an attorney at Wright & Schulte LLC, please visit yourlegalhelp.com.

About Wright & Schulte LLC

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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