In a recently filed class action lawsuit, consumers allege that the fiberglass particles found inside of mattresses made by Zinus, Inc. have leaked out, leading to harmful health side effects and contamination in their homes.
More than 200 individuals have already joined the class action against Zinus, whose mattresses are sold at Target, Walmart, and online on Amazon and eBay, among other retailers.
Owners of Zinus mattresses have reported instances of fiberglass contamination in their homes, which has led to expensive fiberglass abatements, losses of furniture, carpets, and clothing, and a host of physical injuries, including:
- Red and blotchy skin
- Eye irritation
- Trouble breathing
- Increases in asthma severity
- Allergic skin reactions
Some plaintiffs involved in the class-action lawsuit have described instances of bodily harm to infants and children. The class-action alleges Zinus failed to warn consumers about potential fiberglass leakage, which led to undisclosed injuries and costly damage to homes.
Is Fiberglass Dangerous?
Fiberglass is sometimes used in mattresses and other products as a fire retardant and/or as insulation. Due to its microscopic size — a single fiberglass particle is typically measured in units of microns — it is often invisible to the naked eye.
About fiberglass, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) states:
“The important thing to remember about [fiberglass particles] is that they are health hazards when inhaled; proper respiratory equipment must be worn and adequate ventilation provided. Working with fiberglass material should not be dangerous if you are properly trained, and if you use the appropriate protective equipment.”
Over the years, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has received a number of complaints regarding the fiberglass that is sometimes found inside of foam mattresses.
According to allegations, fiberglass contamination from Zinus mattresses occurred when owners unzipped the mattress cover to wash it. Once the cover was removed, the fiberglass particles beneath it spread throughout homes. Because the mattresses’ warnings were not specific and did not include information about fiberglass, unsuspecting consumers assumed the unzippable mattress cover was intended to be removed for washing.
Given this, affected consumers allege they were not prepared for or protected against fiberglass contamination in their homes. Ridding a house of fiberglass contamination can cost a consumer up to $20,000 dollars, depending on the severity. Total losses of furniture, clothing, and other household items due to fiberglass contamination can also cost consumers thousands more.
Zinus denies any wrongdoing in connection with the class action suit, claiming that its mattresses are safe and meet compliance with all federal safety regulations.
To learn more, or to see if you may be eligible to file a Zinus mattress lawsuit, contact our experienced team today.