Laundry Pod Poisoning Complaints Are Being Filed On Behalf Of Children And The Elderly Who Are Harmed Or Fatally Injured After Biting Into Highly Concentrated, Brightly Colored Liquid Laundry Detergent Pods That Resemble Candy.
Laundry detergent manufacturers claim they have made changes to the packaging of their single-dose, liquid laundry detergent pods to make the products safer, but Wright & Schulte LLC notes a Wall Street Journal report that found laundry pod poisonings and fatalities continue to occur among young children and the elderly. According to data reviewed by the Wall Street Journal from U.S. poison centers, children under six years old are accidentally exposed to the laundry detergent packets at a rate of about 30 a day. The Wall Street Journal says that while the rate has decreased from 32 a day in 2014, the number of pod poisonings have remained high since the products were first sold in the United States in 2012. According to the Wall Street Journal report, seven people, including one in 2015 and four in 2014, have died after biting into the candy-like laundry detergent packets. The report claims that even though laundry detergent manufacturers have made the laundry detergent containers opaque and added more warning labels, it’s the “super-concentrated ingredients” of the laundry packets that are causing the illnesses and fatalities.
“It’s imperative for laundry detergent manufacturers to understand the injuries that their products are causing young children, the elderly and their families,” said Richard Schulte, a founding partner of Wright & Schulte LLC which is representing 15 clients in laundry detergent pod lawsuits. “We are aggressively advocating for laundry detergent makers to change their packaging to make it more difficult for young children or the elderly to access the product or ban the small, bite-sized laundry packets all together.”
Richard Schulte was also interviewed by the Wall Street Journal for its article on the growing concerns of laundry pod poisoning. Mr. Schulte noted that the law firm is handling two cases involving elderly men whose exposure to laundry pods turned fatal. In one case, a Canadian resident who lived in a nursing home found laundry detergent packets in another resident’s room and bit into four or five of the capsules, Mr. Schulte told the Wall Street Journal. The law firm is also involved in a case of a 67-year-old Ohio resident who died after swallowing a Tide Pod, made by Procter & Gamble, Mr. Schulte added. In addition to these two cases, Wright & Schulte is also representing 13 young children who were accidentally exposed to laundry detergent pods. According to the Wall Street Journal report, court documents filed by Procter & Gamble contend that the injuries to the young children and the Ohio man were due to the “negligence by their caregivers.”
As stated by the Wall Street Journal, children do not become as severely ill when they are exposed to dishwasher soap packets as they do when they are exposed to liquid laundry detergent pods. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the most frequently reported symptoms of laundry detergent pod poisoning among infants and toddlers include loss of consciousness, excessive vomiting, drowsiness or lethargy, breathing difficulties, coughing, choking, eye irritation or pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes).
The firm adds that demands for changes in liquid laundry detergent packaging have also come from politicians. Earlier this year, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate both introduced the “Detergent Poisoning and Child Safety (PACS) Act of 2015” which calls for the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to develop safety standards for liquid laundry detergent packets. As stated in the proposed legislation, the CPSC, among other things, would address changes in the design and color of the packets to make the brightly colored pods look less like candy which appeals to young children, and change the formula of the highly concentrated detergent to make the consequences of exposure less severe. The American Cleaning Institute, which represent manufacturers of household cleaning products, said detergent manufacturers members have already added safety icons to their packages, added warning labels that tell consumers how to properly use and store the products, and changed to opaque packaging so the packets are not visible from the outside of the container.
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