According to the Chicago Tribune, a recent investigation by The Center for Environmental Health ("CEH") found that several major California retailers were violating a California law requiring that customers be warned of products containing unsafe levels of a flame-retardant chemical called chlorinated tris, or TDCPP. Chlorinated tris is considered by California to be a known carcinogen.
According to the report, 16 of the 19 items tested by CEH contained chlorinated tris. These items included crib mattresses, changing pads, nap mats and other nursery furniture. None of these items had the required warning label. Some of the retailers found to be in violation were Amazon, Wal-Mart and Target.
According to the Tribune, flame retardant chemicals can escape from products and settle into dust. These carcinogens pose a special hazard to young children, who are prone to placing the contaminated objects in their mouths. These concerns led, in part, to the California law requiring disclosure when such products were included in household items.
The Tribune has documented the conspiracy between tobacco and chemical companies and corporations to deceive public authorities into believing that these dangerous chemicals were an important component of fire prevention strategies. This deception led to the inclusion of these dangerous chemicals into most items of furniture. It is now known that these chemicals offer little fire protection, and present very serious health hazards.
Unfortunately, such corporate malfeasance is not rare. However, corporations must be held accountable for engaging in such reckless behavior. Pavich Law Group, P.C., has decades of experience fighting against negligent and intentionally reckless corporations. If you believe you have been harmed by the actions of a powerful corporation, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our experienced attorneys today for a free consultation to determine your legal options.