Lawsuit Claims Amazon's Top-Selling Mattress a 'Health Hazard'

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By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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TUESDAY, Aug. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Customers who bought a bestselling mattress sold connected Amazon and astatine retailers nationwide are suing the shaper amid claims that fiberglass fibers successful the merchandise person damaged their health.

Zinus, Inc., is fielding aggregate lawsuits implicit its “Green Tea Mattress." Among the claims is simply a projected class-action suit led by a California pistillate who is representing respective 1000 people.

"It's not hyperbole to accidental that this has ravaged thousands of individuals' lives from crossed the United States," James Radcliffe, a idiosyncratic wounded lawyer with Cueto Law, told the Los Angeles Times.

Radcliffe’s steadfast started a 2020 suit connected behalf of Amanda Chandler and Robert Durham of Illinois, who said they spent months successful a edifice and paid much than $20,000 successful nonrecreational mediation services aft a Zinus representation foam mattress purchased astatine Walmart for their kid contaminated their location with fiberglass successful 2019.

Another woman, Vanessa Gutierrez of Los Angeles, told the Times that the mattress she bought for her 4-year-old girl had outgo her astir $20,000 successful damages and near scars from the fiberglass connected the girl's thorax and calves.

One reviewer connected Amazon warned that they unzipped the outer screen of the mattress and "unleashed [an] invisible fiberglass tempest into our house," CBS News reported.

A typical from Zinus told CBS News that the fiberglass is "standard successful the mattress industry" and isn't considered hazardous by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

"Most user complaints astir fiberglass being released from mattresses that person been reviewed by unit progressive the outer screen being removed oregon damaged. If the outer screen remains intact, past the vulnerability to fiberglass particles is expected to beryllium minimal," the CSPC told CBS News.

California’s Department of Public Health conducted a survey published successful the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health successful February uncovering that fiberglass fibers had "a imaginable hazard of user vulnerability if the zipper connected the outer screen is opened."

Fiberglass is simply a little costly fire-retardant material. The queen-sized Green Tea representation foam mattress sells for astir $310 connected Amazon. It includes instructions informing customers not to region the outer mattress cover, to support the occurrence obstruction inside, Zinus told CBS News.

Amazon did not respond to CBS News’ requests for comment. Walmart did and noted that it and different retailers person been dropped from the archetypal lawsuit.

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SOURCES: CBS News; Los Angeles Times

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