Tide Detergent Lawsuit Filed Over Chemical Burns from Laundry Pod

Tide Laundry Pod Suit

Written by Faith Anderson on January 23, 2015
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Tide Detergent Lawsuit Filed Over Chemical Burns from Laundry Pod

Serious injuries and detergent poisonings have been reported in connection with single-use liquid laundry detergent packs.

Amid increasing concerns about the potential risks liquid laundry pods pose for children who mistake the small detergent packs for candy, a Pennsylvania woman has brought a Tide Pods lawsuit against Procter & Gamble, alleging that she suffered severe chemical burns when one of the pre-filled detergent packs ruptured and squirted on her. The Tide laundry pod lawsuit seeks both compensatory and punitive damages for strict liability and breach of warranty, and joins a growing number of reports involving problems with Tide Pods, which have been linked to thousands of instances of laundry detergent poisoning among young children. Contact an experienced product liability lawyer today if you have suffered injuries from a potentially defective consumer product, like Tide laundry detergent pods.

Tide Pod Maker Accused of Failure to Warn

The Tide laundry detergent lawsuit was filed by Jennifer Dotel in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on December 19, and alleges that Tide Pods are defectively designed and unreasonably dangerous for consumer use. In her complaint, Dotel indicates that she was preparing to use a Tide Pod to do her laundry in October 2014, but discovered that several of the laundry pods had adhered together when she opened the package. “In the course of separating the pods that were stuck together, one of the pods ruptured and discharged the liquid contents contained therein, in a jet stream, as if fired from a squirt gun,” states the complaint. “The Defendant failed to warn that pods fused together should not be pulled apart.”

Laundry Pods Resemble Candy, Teething Toys

Procter & Gamble has faced significant criticism lately for marketing its single-load Tide Pod packs in bright colors that resemble candy or infant teething toys, which many believe is the reason pre-filled liquid laundry detergent packets like Tide Pods, Purex UltraPacks and All Mighty Pacs were linked to 12,000 reports of detergent poisonings among children five and younger in 2014. In 2012, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a warning notifying the public about the risk of injuries from single-load detergent packs, highlighting the poisoning risk the packets pose to children who may mistake the pods for teething toys or candy.

A Skilled Product Liability Attorney Can Help

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries allegedly caused by a consumer product like Tide Pods, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers harmed by potentially defective products, and can help put you in touch with a product liability lawyer who has experience handling defective product claims. With a qualified attorney on your side, you can protect your legal rights and pursue the financial compensation you deserve for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.
[box type=”note” align=”aligncenter” ]Source: http://www.aapcc.org/alerts/laundry-detergent-packets/[/box]

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