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Tide Pod Lawsuit Filed Over Chemical Burns from Laundry Detergent

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Procter and Gamble faces a new product liability lawsuit brought by a Pennsylvania woman, which alleges that she suffered severe chemical burns from Tide Pods, after one of the prefilled laundry detergent packs ruptured and squirted on her. 

The complaint (PDF) was filed by Jennifer Dotel in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on December 19, indicating that Tide Pods are defectively designed and unreasonably dangerous for consumers.

Dotel indicates that she went to use the pods to do her laundry on October 28, 2014, but opened the container to find several had adhered together.

“In the course of separating the pods that were stuck together, one of the pods ruptured and discharged the liquid contents contained therein, in a jet stream, as if fired from a squirt gun,” the lawsuit alleges. “The pods formed together after being put into the container creating the necessity of the consumer to pull apart the fused pods. The Defendant failed to warn that pods fused together should not be pulled apart.”

The Tide Pod lawsuit presents claims against Procter & Gamble for strict liability and breach of warranty, seeking both compensatory damages for medical costs and other damages, as well as punitive damages that are designed to punish the manufacturer for placing consumers at risk.

Tide Pod Safety Concerns

The lawsuit is the latest in a number of reports involving problems with Tide Pods, which have also been linked to thousands of reports involving laundry detergent poisoning among children who mistook the small packs for candy or chew toys.

Proctor & Gamble has faced criticism for marketing the single-load laundry detergent packs in bright colors that resemble infant teething toys, and for selling Tide Pods in packaging that resembles candy.

The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) has reported that more than 10,000 calls involving laundry pod ingestion problems are received nationwide involving children five and younger exposed to Tide Pods and other similar laundry detergent packs, such as All Mighty Pacs, Purex UltraPacks and others.

In 2012, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued warnings to alert the public about the risk of detergent packet injuries. The safety alert highlighted the poisoning risk the packets pose to children who are exposed to the product, and came after several other regulatory agencies and health experts raised concerns about the risks associated with the single-use detergent packets.

In response to substantial criticism over the brightly colored packaging Tide Pods are sold in, Proctor & Gamble did agree to make several changes to their product packages in 2013.

The manufacturer altered the containers to an opaque material, instead of a clear plastic, to deter children from seeing the brightly colored product and trying to get inside the container.

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12 comments

  1. bobie Reply

    ialso had a tide pac squirt me and still have the open burns.

  2. mitchell Reply

    Chemical burn from tide pod on ankle bad burn shouldn’t work but have to

  3. Brittany Reply

    What can I do for my baby getting bruns from the tide pod’s on his belle

  4. Tina Reply

    My granddaughter had to go to urgent care due to severe rash and itching after her clothes had been washed with the tide pods. Over $100 and her sleepless nights were very unfortunate. She had to take steroids and other meds to get it under control. So beware! She is 9.

  5. Ray Reply

    Thousands of consumers are unaware of this dangerous product that causes severe welts, rashes and break outs all over your body from head to toe. Even skin specialists are not aware of the issue with Tide and their Pods. There is no warning label on their product as to the skin issues, only warns about possible eye problems. Their sales are over 100 plus million, so profits apparently come first and the public be dammed. What about the long term damage to your body cells caused by their toxic chemicals in this product?

  6. Heather Reply

    Just took my daughter to the er for 1st and 2nd burns from tide pod that she got a hold of in my daughters car. She was changed right away and then a bath soon as she got home. The burns were getting worse as we sat at the hospital. These things are dangerous and need to be pulled off the markets… she is 5….could have been worse.

  7. FRANCINE Reply

    Im noticing most of these comments were a few years ago. Obviously nothing has been changed. I was carrying a few pods (i work at a motel and we use these for our laundry). Apparently one had burst and somehow got on my tank top, and bra and now have big rash burn on my left breast.

  8. Paul Reply

    Last night at 3:30 a.m. I was woke up with a burning sensation on the upper part of my thigh and on my penis I went into the bathroom to see what was going on and I had a red rash that was burning I washed it with water and it stung like a burn I was going to go to the emergency room but I did not the next day it looked a lot worse in his skin was peeling off I washed my underwear the day before and with the Tide Pods that I don’t believe all the detergent was out of the underwear because right where the burns were the detergent smelled really strong

  9. JOAN Reply

    The plastic from a Tide Pod had melted on the sleeve of my nightgown and there was staining on the sleeve . The next night, my arm suddenly developed huge welts, turned bright red and started burning from my elbow to shoulder (where stain was). Thinking I was allergic to the concentration of the stain, I disposed of my nightgown in the garbage. I tried creams (still thinking I was allergic) and they only made it worse. My skin is now like sandpaper and peeling , exposing another layer of skin.

  10. Jaime Reply

    I went to sleep an I put a shirt on that had an undissolved pod stuck to the right sleeve on the inside and didn’t notice
    Woke up in the middle of the night with a wet armpit and a very bad burning sensation
    Right now I have a severe burnt armpit that stings like crazy
    I bought A+D ointment and applied it on the affected area but it still feels really bad
    There is no warning on the package stating anything about undissolved packages
    Wished it was so I would have read it
    I would not want anyone else to go what I’m going through right now

  11. Jane Reply

    Did laundry as normal, went out of town. For the weekend and took a shower before going to bed.. Come to find out the underwear i put on had a melted tide pod on it, woke up in excruciating pain.. I willl never use these again

  12. Shelia Reply

    My normal Saturday washing day. I used gain pod to wash my clothes with last week. On Monday at work I noticed a burning feeling to both breast, my back and my leg. Burning to all area from the pods. The pain was unbearable. I used aloe vera gel plus a burning spray I bought from CVS to smooth the pain

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