Zinus Inc. failed to warn consumers of the dangers of the glass fibers in their mattresses
Like 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 a fire.
Their mattresses have a shocking portion of glass fibers in the inner cover, namely 62%. However, as long as the mattress structure 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 by attaching to furniture and carpeting in other rooms with help from the HVAC system, contaminating your house.
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. In addition, 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.
Only recently, Zinus, Inc. warned consumers of the risk of removing the outer cover of the mattress. However, because the cover has a zipper and because the tag of the mattress did not include a warning of the dangers of exposure to the glass fibers in the inner cover, people think it is safe to remove the outer cover for cleaning.
Problematic Zinus mattress models we heard about from potential plaintiffs so far
If you have a Zinus mattress (purchased on Amazon, at Walmart, Zinus, or other places) and have had rashes, cuts, asthma, lung problems, stomach issues, eye injuries, please call us and we will check on your model and number as well.
- Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress
- ZinusCooling Green Tea Gel Memory Foam Mattress
- Zinus Cooling Gel Memory Foam Mattress
- Zinus Spring iCoil Mattress
- Zinus Spa Sensations Theratouch Memory Foam Mattress
- Zinus Ultima Comfort Memory Foam Mattress
- Zinus Sleep Master Ultima Comfort Mattress
- ZinusPressure Relief Cloud Memory Foam Mattress
- Zinus Slumber 1 Quilted Pocket Spring Mattress
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. In addition, 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.
Why are Zinus mattresses defective?
While fiberglass is not carcinogenic, it is extremely irritating to the eyes, skin, and lungs. All bed products manufactured by Zinus contain fiberglass as a fire retardant in their inner layer. The defectiveness of the mattress lies in the presence of a zipper on the outer cover of it, which indicates to the consumer that there is nothing wrong with removing it for laundering. The labels of their mattresses state that they contain 62% fiberglass but fail to warn people against removing the outer cover so as not to expose the inner layer of fiberglass.
Zinus, Inc. was aware of this issue 8 months prior to consumers beginning to experience injuries and property damage due to the fiberglass in their mattresses. It was only when a consumer asked, "Can I wash my Zinus mattress cover?" that the company responded on their website, "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."
However, Zinus, Inc. failed to warn people about the dangers of exposure to fiberglass from their mattresses, which is negligence. As you can see from their response, there is no mention of fiberglass. For this reason, the company can be held liable for failure to warn, and this is the basis of the class-action lawsuit pending against it.
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 lead to serious injuries in people who contact 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 might 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 fiberglass released by Zinus mattresses can turn the lives of consumers upside down
The damage caused by the fiberglass released by a Zinus mattress in a house should not be underestimated, as it can dramatically change the living situation of consumers. From property damage to severe injuries, fiberglass can destroy nearly every aspect of the lives of consumers. Oftentimes, due to the severity of their injuries, they have to spend thousands of dollars on healthcare, medical assistance and procedures, and medication. To make matters worse, some of the injuries caused by fiberglass are permanent, such as lung scarring, and people who end up with this serious condition have to use special inhalers that are quite expensive.
Furthermore, as a consequence of their complex injuries, consumers whose health was affected by the fiberglass in a Zinus mattress are unable to return to work for several weeks to several months, which can take a heavy toll on their financial stability. Another terrible aspect that may significantly harm their budget is property damage, as fiberglass will contaminate the entire house in some cases. This requires cleanup that must be carried out by a licensed, professional team, whose cost ranges between $2,000 and $10,000. Moreover, most people whose homes were contaminated by fiberglass have to dispose of nearly everything they own since fiberglass cannot be removed from certain objects such as furniture and clothes.
While fiberglass is being removed from their houses, the owners of Zinus mattresses usually have to spend several days or even several weeks in a hotel room if they do not have the possibility of moving with a family member or a friend. For large families, this will be a very stressful and overwhelming situation, as they will not have enough space. This is another considerable expense that they have to pay, which only worsens their financial situation. Some of the worst cases we took on involved Zinus mattresses owners who became homeless as a result of the irreversible damage caused by fiberglass to their houses.
Therefore, if you experienced injuries or property damage because of the fiberglass in a Zinus mattress, it is very important to join the class-action lawsuit against the company, as the compensation you will eventually receive will help your financial situation at least partially. Lastly, becoming a plaintiff in the lawsuit will also hold the company responsible for negligence and failure to warn about the defectiveness of their products.
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.”
According to the lawsuit, 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.”
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 many glass fibers in the room.
The woman's husband woke up early the next morning and found that his skin was very irritated and extremely itchy. 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.”