Zinus Inc. failed to warn consumers of the dangers of the glass fibers in their mattresses
Similar to many other companies that manufacture mattresses, Zinus Inc. weaves glass fibers into the inner cover of their mattresses to improve the ability of the product to stand up to fire. Their mattresses have a shocking portion of glass fibers in the inner cover, namely 62%. As long as the structure of the mattress is stable and the outer cover is left on, the glass fibers remain in place. Nevertheless, when the outer cover of the mattress is removed for washing, the glass fibers within the product can easily be released in your bedroom, which highly endangers your health.
Furthermore, the glass fibers can subsequently attach themselves to furniture and carpeting in other rooms with help from the HVAC system, contaminating your house for years to come. Due to the extent of contamination, you will need to hire a team of professionals to safely remove the glass fibers from your home, which may cost you tens of thousands of dollars. Because of their microscopic size, glass fibers can coat furniture, surfaces, and flooring, which means that there is no way for a family to avoid touching or inhaling these dangerous particles.
It was only recently that Zinus, Inc. warned consumers of the risk of removing the outer cover of the mattress. Because the cover has a zipper, as well as because the tag of the mattress did not include a warning of the dangers of exposure to the glass fibers in the inner cover, this made people think it is safe to remove the outer cover for cleaning.
According to the lawsuit filed against the company, Zinus, Inc. had known about this defect for more than 8 months before it responded to complaints from consumers through their website, informing people that the outer cover of the mattress was not washable. When asked about the safety of removing the outer cover, the company responded that “Our mattresses are self-contained wonder delivery systems! Removing the mattress cover could jeopardize that system. The mattress cover isn’t washable, and removing it could inhibit the fire safety barrier, so please always leave the cover on”. Thereby, people have the legal right to seek financial compensation for the injuries caused by the glass fibers in the Zinus mattresses.
What health problems can exposure to the glass fibers in the Zinus mattress lead to?
There are numerous health problems exposure to glass fibers can cause, as the particles are sharp and can thereby lead to serious injuries in people who come in contact with them. If you came to struggle with one of the following health problems caused by exposure to the glass fibers in the Zinus mattress, you may be eligible for compensation:
It is noteworthy that the glass fibers can also become embedded in the skin, which requires surgical removal. Therefore, exposure to glass fibers released by the Zinus mattress can result in life-threatening injuries, which is why people whose health was affected by coming in contact with these dangerous particles have the legal right to seek compensation. Not only will joining the class-action lawsuit provide you with the opportunity to get the financial compensation you deserve for your suffering, but it will also hold the company liable for negligence and for failure to warn of the risks associated with exposure to glass fibers.
The status of the lawsuit filed against Zinus, Inc.
The class-action lawsuit against Zinus, Inc. was filed in the spring of 2020 in federal court and is currently awaiting the approval of class certification. It is important to know that there are other defendants listed in this class-action lawsuit, including Target Corporation, Amazon.com, LLC, Walmart, Inc. Wayfair LLC, and eBay Inc. The filing of the complaint, which is 29 pages long, comes in the wake of a news report broadcasted on KMOV4 in St. Louis, Missouri titled “Hidden Hazards”. This news report focuses on “the danger lurking in your mattress”. The report concerns 2 consumers whose Zinus mattress released “extremely large amounts of dangerous glass fiber” that led to serious and potentially life-threatening injuries and “destroyed thousands of dollars of stuff and their whole life”, according to the lawsuit.
Another plaintiff removed the outer cover of the mattress to clean it in the washing machine in late January 2020. While the Zinus mattress was uncovered, she and her son jumped on it, which released a large amount of glass fibers in the room. The husband of the woman woke up early the next morning and found that his skin was very irritated and extremely itchy. At some point during the same day, the plaintiff discovered that “his whole body was covered with little, hard-to-see shards of glass”. Subsequently, the plaintiffs realized that their home and many objects around the house were “blanketed with the same little shards of glass”.