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CSPC Warns Consumers about Liquid Detergent Packets

When we bring commercially available products into our home, we expect them to be safe to use as the manufacturer intends. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and every day people are injured by products that are unreasonably dangerous or defectively designed or manufactured.  If you have been injured by a consumer product you may have a claim against manufacturer or retailer of the product, or perhaps other parties. To determine whether you have a claim, you should consult with an experienced Coweta County personal injury attorney for a free consultation. The attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are here to help you recover from whomever is responsible for your injuries.

One popular product that has recently been implicated in several serious injuries to children is liquid laundry detergent capsules or packets. These products contain highly concentrated and toxic detergents that can be very harmful if ingested or misused. Some of the problems that children who ingest liquid detergent packets experienced include:

  • Vomiting
  • Drowsiness
  • Swelling of the throat
  • Difficulty breathing

Children are known for putting things into their mouths, and these small and colorful packets may resemble candy or other edibles to young children. Saliva or other moisture causes these products to dissolve very quickly releasing potentially harmful and toxic chemicals. The United States Consumer Products Safety Commission recommends that parents take the following steps to reduce the risks of children being injured by laundry detergent capsules:

  • Not letting children handle the product
  • Keeping the packets in their original packaging
  • Keep the capsules out of the reach of children
  • Make sure that your hands are dry before touching the capsules, and thoroughly wash hands after handling

If one of these packets is swallowed or gets into the eye, you should call a medical professional immediately. The CSPC recommends that if the detergent is in the mouth, try and rinse as much out as possible; if in the eye, flush with water for at least 15 minutes.

Contact a Coweta County personal injury lawyer for a free consultation

If you or a loved one has been injured by a consumer product, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Some of the issues that may create liability as due to an injury caused by a product include negligent design, manufacture, or failure to warn a consumer about risks associated with use of the product. In order to determine whether you have a case, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia