One of Amazon’s top-selling mattress brands is accused of being a health hazard in a newly filed lawsuit alleging fiberglass in the product hurt customers.
Zinus, a Tracy, Calif.-based furniture company, is facing a class action lawsuit alleging that the material used in the fireproof fiberglass and modacrylic lining blend of its “Green Tea” mattress can injure users. While the material is covered by an outer liner, the suit says that because the company doesn’t warn about removing that cover – which has a zip for it – it’s liable for any resulting injuries.
The suit ties away exposure to itchy and irritated skin, nausea, eye injuries, respiratory infections and other lung problems, and even shards of glass becoming embedded in the skin. It also says some who were exposed to the fiberglass were forced to dispose of furniture and clothing that was exposed because the material cannot be removed later.
As of Tuesday morning, the products are still available on Amazon. Lawsuits have been filed in Illinois and California since 2020, according to a CBS report.
The company earns an estimated $128 million in revenue each year, nearly 25 percent of Casper’s sales, one of the most well-known sleep brands in America.
Zinus products, which are estimated to bring in $128 million each year, have a fire-resistant fiberglass coating that is said to cause health problems for many users
A class action lawsuit has been filed against Zinus, whose “green tea” mattresses are among the best-selling products on Amazon
According to a website set up to recruit plaintiffs for the class action lawsuit, “The defectiveness of the mattress resides in the presence of a zipper on the outer shell, which indicates to the consumer that there is nothing wrong with removing it for washing.”
“The labels on their mattresses say they contain 62% fiberglass, but don’t warn people to remove the outer cover to avoid exposing the inner layer of fiberglass.”
It specifically specifies nine Zinus products including: Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress, Cooling Gel Memory Foam Mattress, Spa Sensations Theratouch Memory Foam Mattress, Sleep Master Ultima Comfort Mattress, Slumber 1 Quilted Pocket Spring Mattress, Green Tea Gel Memory Foam Mattress, Spring iCoil Mattress, Ultima Comfort Memory Foam Mattress, Relief Cloud Memory Foam Mattress.
“A court case and associated misinformation campaign is misleading consumers about the type of mattress materials being used to comply with fire regulations and protect our customers. The type of chemical-free fireproofing material we use is standard in the mattress industry at all price points,” a Zinus spokesman told DailyMail.com.
“To protect the inner fire barrier, customers should not remove the outer mattress cover. The label reveals the contents of the mattress and warns against removing the outer cover. Zinus mattresses currently sold include locked zippers with no pull tabs and an additional sewn-in label warning against removing the outer cover.
Fiberglass: The plastic particles can cause a variety of problems later
Fiberglass is a man-made plastic fiber first used to insulate stoves in the 1930s
It is also commonly used as a liner in appliances, roofing and some plastics due to its sound deadening and flame retardant properties
While the proximity of the material is safe, repeated exposure to particles has been linked to many problems on a person’s skin and other internal body systems
Repeated exposure has been associated with skin rashes, irritation and dermatitis in some cases
Inhaling the material can also cause lung scarring, shortness of breath, coughing, and other nose and lung problems
The stomach can become irritated if a person swallows fiberglass particles
Source: Illinois Department of Health
“The Consumer Product Safety Commission was quoted in recent media reports confirming this. In addition, various regulatory agencies and authoritative scientific bodies have concluded that exposure to this type of material poses no risk of chronic adverse health effects. For all these reasons, we look forward to defending the composition and construction of our products in court should the need arise and are confident that we shall prevail.’
An investigation by the Los Angeles Times found fiberglass in at least one Zinus mattress.
Mattress regulation in the US is both limited and sporadic, experts say.
“There’s no law that says a company has to tell you everything that’s in a mattress,” Bobbi Wilding, executive director of Clean and Healthy New York, told the Times.
“So whatever they tell you is what they want to tell you, and that makes people incredibly vulnerable because you only have to rely on what they say.”
Exposure to fiber optics has been linked to several health problems. Contact with a person’s skin can cause itching, rashes, allergic reactions, and dermatitis.
Some even report skin cuts all over their bodies and broken glass embedded in their skin.
The small particles can be inhaled and cause lung scars, worsening conditions like asthma and bronchitis, coughing and shortness of breath, and other lung problems.
Exposure is also associated with injuries to the eyes, neurological and gastrointestinal systems.
“Due to the severity of their injuries, they are spending thousands of dollars on health care, medical assistance and procedures, and medication,” the website reads.
“To make matters worse, some of the injuries caused by fiberglass are permanent, such as: B. Lung scars, and people who end up with this serious condition have to use special inhalers, which are quite expensive.
“As a result of their complex injuries, consumers whose health has been compromised by the fiberglass in a Zinus mattress are unable to return to work for several weeks to several months, which can severely impact their financial stability.”
The alleged financial damage goes beyond lost work and health care bills. The plaintiffs also allege that since the particles could not be removed from household fabric materials such as clothing and furniture, these also had to be disposed of and purchased new.
“This requires cleaning, which must be performed by a licensed, professional team, which costs between $2,000 and $10,000,” they write.
“In addition, most people whose homes have been contaminated by fiberglass have to dispose of almost all of their belongings because fiberglass cannot be removed from certain items, such as furniture and clothing.”
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