By Treven Pyles
Posted on April 27th, 2021
Since 2020, many people have joined the lawsuit against Zinus, a manufacturer of mattresses that contain glass fibers as a fire retardant. Unfortunately, the glass fibers in their mattresses severely injured the plaintiffs. However, fiberglass is present in the mattresses of Ashley and Nectar, too.
Founded in 2004, Zinus is a company that primarily manufactures mattresses. Still, their products contain glass fibers as a fire retardant, which may pose a great health threat to consumers if they remove the outer cover of the mattress. Furthermore, the companies Ashley and Nectar, which also manufacture memory foam and hybrid mattresses with fiberglass, are also responsible for causing injuries to consumers.
Manufacturers of mattresses are required under Federal Law to include a fire retardant in their products. While in the past, companies would add various chemicals in mattresses as fire retardants, this is no longer the case, as those were found to endanger the health of consumers.
Fiberglass is very cheap to purchase, so manufacturers such as Zinus, Ashley, and Nectar choose to use this fire retardant. Most of these mattresses contain a shocking amount of 62% glass fibers. So far, Zinus has sold mattresses with glass fibers to over 15 million consumers worldwide and to roughly 800,000 in America, which is very alarming, as the company failed to warn its customers of the dangers of exposure to glass fibers. Nectar sells up to 50,000 mattresses in the U.S. every year.
While the majority of mattresses that contain glass fibers have no zipper on their outer cover to shield people from exposure to glass fibers, the mattresses of these companies have a zipper, which signals to people that it is alright to remove the outer cover for washing. Moreover, the label of their mattresses does not provide any warning concerning the danger of removing the outer cover and exposure to glass fibers.
Consequently, numerous consumers have removed the outer cover of their Zinus, Ashley, or Nectar mattress to wash it, subsequently contaminating their entire house with glass fibers. For this reason, the companies can be held liable for negligence, and people who suffered injuries related to exposure to glass fibers are entitled to financial compensation.
The retailers who sold the defective mattresses are also listed as defendants in the class-action lawsuit against Zinus, Target Corporation, Amazon.com, LLC, Walmart, Inc., Wayfair LLC, and eBay Inc.
In addition to contaminating the entire house, glass fibers are also dangerous for our health. They are tiny and can easily penetrate the skin, with people often requiring surgery to have the pieces of glass removed from their bodies.
However, exposure to glass fibers can also occur through inhalation and ingestion, which may cause severe health problems. The following are the injuries you can sustain following exposure to glass fibers from a mattress:
Additionally, the risk of exposure is present even for people who do not remove the outer cover of their mattress, as, over the years, the glass fibers will break down and potentially stick through the mattress cover and reach your skin.
While glass fibers are not a carcinogen, they can still cause severe health problems, which is why people whose health was affected by using a Zinus, Ashley, or Nectar mattress are eligible for compensation from the manufacturer.
Our law firm has over 25 years of experience pursuing compensation for people injured by toxic agents and defective products. Therefore, we have the necessary knowledge and resources to help you recover the money you deserve from the mattress company if your health was affected by one of their products.
The only documents we will need from you are evidence of you owning a mattress with fiberglass, proof of injury caused by fiberglass exposure and, if applicable, evidence of property damage. By virtue of our resources and efficiency, we will take care of the rest of the legal process and your involvement will be minimal after we completely understand your situation and gather everything we need from you.
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