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Poison Pods: Lock Them Up

If you have young children, be sure to keep both your dishwasher pods and your laundry detergent pods safely locked away. Consumer advocate Erin Brockovich recently cautioned via Facebook that roughly one child per hour suffers poisoning from eating laundry detergent pods (Erin's information comes from a study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics).

A few of the raw facts:

  • 17,230 children under the age of 6 were injured by laundry detergent pods (2012-2013)
  • 700 of those 17,230 children were seriously sickened
  • One child died (a 16-month-old boy)

In light of these facts, has anything changed?

A major goal of the work we do as lawyers at Girardi | Keese, and the work Erin Brockovich does as an activist and consumer advocate, is to make sure that change for the better happens after companies put products on the market that harm people.

As Erin wrote, Costco and Proctor & Gamble are two big companies that sell laundry detergent pods, and both have apparently taken steps to redesign their jars with child-resistant lids and warning labels.

Other sellers, however, have not taken such steps.

Unfortunately, all it takes is one pod and a few moments of time, and your child could be seriously sickened or worse. This is why we must do what we can to ensure that all makers of both dishwasher pods and laundry detergent pods change how their products are packaged and sold.

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