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
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.