While they may be convenient, single-use detergent packets pose a significant danger to children. Single-use laundry detergent packets, which are similar to the single-use dishwasher detergent packets, have recently taken the household goods industry by storm.
Unfortunately, the small, colorful, and squishy packets are irresistible to children. To date there have been five incidents in which children were seriously injured after swallowing the single-use detergent packets. In some cases, children who have ingested the packet have suffered chemical poisoning so severe that they needed to be put on ventilators or undergo surgery to treat internal injuries caused by the detergents.
According to Consumer Reports, Consumers Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, has even asked the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to take action in order to prevent the dangers posed to children from single-use detergent packets. Since the beginning of the year, poison-control centers have received almost 3,000 calls regarding exposure to single-use laundry and dishwasher detergent packs involving children five and younger.
Consumers Union has asked the CPSC to consider implementing regulations that would require child-safe packaging for the laundry detergent packets, as well as prominent warning labels.
In addition to Consumers Union, a group of doctors has called for improved safety warnings and childproof packaging for single-dose laundry and dishwasher detergents.
Earlier this year, Tide added a double-latched lid to the plastic containers that hold the single-use Tide Pods in order to make the packaging harder to open.
It is important that parents and caregivers remember to keep all detergents and household cleaners out of the reach of children. If a child swallows one of the single-use detergent packs, you should call the poison-control helpline immediately at 800-222-1222.
According to Consumer Reports, single-use detergent packets are the fastest growing segment of the industry, so safety is indeed a concern. Since the beginning of the year, poison-control centers have received 2,950 calls regarding exposure to single-use laundry detergent packs involving children age five or younger.
The Chicago personal injury law firm of Ankin Law Office, LLC is committed to protecting the public from dangerous and defective products, including dangerous household products. If your child has been injured after ingesting a single-use detergent packet, do not delay to take action to protect your legal rights. Contact our office at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Chicago product liability attorneys.