TUESDAY, August 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Customers who bought a best-selling mattress sold on Amazon and at retailers across the country are suing the manufacturer amid claims that fiberglass in the product harmed their health.
Zinus, Inc. is filing multiple lawsuits over its Green Tea Mattress. The lawsuits include a proposed class action lawsuit led by a California woman representing several thousand people.
“It is no exaggeration to say that this has devastated the lives of thousands of people across the United States,” James Radcliffe, a personal injury attorney at Cueto Law, told the Los Angeles Times.
Radcliffe’s company filed a lawsuit in 2020 on behalf of Illinois’ Amanda Chandler and Robert Durham, who say they spent months in a hotel and paid more than $20,000 in professional placement services after a Zinus- Memory foam mattress had contaminated her home fiberglass in 2019.
Another woman, Vanessa Gutierrez of Los Angeles, told the Times that the mattress she bought for her 4-year-old daughter cost her nearly $20,000 in damage and left scars from the fiberglass on the girl’s chest and calves.
A reviewer at Amazon warned that they opened and “unleashed” the outer cover of the mattress [an] invisible fiberglass storms into our house”, CBS News reported.
A representative from Zinus told CBS News that fiberglass is “the standard in the mattress industry” and is not classified as hazardous by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
“Most consumer complaints reviewed by staff about fiberglass release from mattresses have involved removal or damage to the outer cover. If the outer shell remains intact, exposure to fiberglass particles is expected to be minimal,” the CSPC said CBS News.
The California Department of Health conducted a study that was published in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health in February, fiberglass was found to “pose a potential risk of consumer exposure when the zipper on the outer shell is unzipped.”
Fiberglass is a less expensive fire retardant material. The Green Tea Queen Memory Foam Mattress sells for about $310 on Amazon. It includes instructions warning customers not to remove the outer mattress cover to protect the fire barrier inside, Zinus said CBS News.
Amazon has not responded to this CBS News‘ Requests for comment. Walmart did so, noting that it and other retailers were dropped from the original lawsuit.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has more on mattresses.
SWELL: CBS News; Los Angeles Times