Proctor & Gamble Laundry Detergent Recall Includes More than 8 Million Products

by | Apr 25, 2024 | Child Injuries, Children's Product Liability, Defective Children's Product, Defective Product, Product Liability, Product Recall

Proctor & Gamble, a global giant in the consumer goods industry, has announced a sweeping laundry detergent recall affecting over 8 million products. The recall, prompted by concerns over potential safety hazards associated with these products, marks a significant event in the realm of household product safety and consumer protection. As consumers rely on laundry detergents for everyday use, the scale and implications of this recall underscore the importance of robust quality control measures and prompt responses to safeguard public health and confidence in the marketplace.

At Kherkher Garcia, we believe that consumers deserve to have the facts when it comes to dangerous or defective products. Below, our product liability lawyers provide details of this laundry detergent recall, exploring the potential hazards, and what consumers can do if they or their children suffer harm due to manufacturer negligence.

Laundry Detergent Recall Information

Procter & Gamble recently recalled more than 8 million packages of Tide, Gain, Ace, and Ariel laundry detergent packets due to a flaw in the packaging. This defect affects the child-resistant zipper closure, which could split open and allow access to the detergent pods inside. These pods pose a serious risk of poisoning, skin irritation, and eye injury if ingested or mishandled, particularly by children. No injuries have been directly linked to the faulty packaging thus far, however, there were reports of children accessing the detergent packets during this timeframe.

The recall encompasses laundry detergent packets sold in bags between September 2023 and February 2024 in the United States and Canada. The list of products included in this massive laundry detergent recall include:

  • Gain Flings Original
  • Gain Flings Moonlight Breeze Scent
  • Gain Flings Blissful Breeze Scent
  • Gain Flings Spring Daydream Scent
  • Gain Flings Plus Ultra Oxi
  • Gain Flings Plus Odor Defense
  • Tide Simply Pods Plus Oxi Boost
  • Tide Pods Clean Breeze Scent
  • Tide Pods Free & Gentle
  • Tide Pods Oxi
  • Tide Pods Ultra Oxi
  • Tide Pods Original
  • Tide Pods Spring Meadow Scent
  • Tide Pods Light
  • Ace Pods Clean Breeze
  • Ace Pods Spring Meadow
  • Ariel Pods Alpine Breeze

Procter & Gamble has urged consumers to check their laundry detergent bags and immediately secure any affected ones away from children. They are offering a full refund and free replacement child-resistant bag to store the pods safely.

What are the Hazards of Laundry Detergent Packets to Children?

Laundry detergent packets, also known as laundry pods or packets, can pose serious hazards to children if ingested or mishandled. Here are some of the main hazards:

  • Ingestion: Laundry detergent packets can be mistaken for candy or toys by young children due to their bright colors and small size. If ingested, the concentrated detergent can cause vomiting, coughing, difficulty breathing, and gastrointestinal distress. In severe cases, it can lead to chemical burns in the mouth, throat, and digestive tract.
  • Eye and skin irritation: If the contents of the packet come into contact with a child’s eyes or skin, it can cause irritation, redness, and discomfort. The concentrated detergent formula can be especially harsh on delicate skin and sensitive eyes.
  • Choking: In addition to ingestion, small children may also be at risk of choking on the packaging material of the laundry detergent packets if they put them in their mouths.
  • Chemical burns: The concentrated detergent inside the packets can cause chemical burns if it comes into contact with a child’s skin or mucous membranes, leading to irritation, redness, and potentially more serious injuries.

It is crucial for laundry detergent manufacturers to use safe packaging to mitigate potential hazards and protect consumers, especially children, from accidental exposure or ingestion. By prioritizing safe packaging, manufacturers demonstrate their commitment to consumer safety and contribute to the overall wellbeing of households worldwide.

How Dangerous are Laundry Detergent Packets?

The number of children injured each year due to laundry detergent packets can vary, and it’s difficult to provide an exact figure. However, according to data from the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), there have been thousands of reported cases of children being exposed to or ingesting laundry detergent packets annually.

A study from Nationwide Children’s Hospital showed the following information and statistics:

  • From 2015 to 2022, U.S. poison centers received 36,279 calls related to liquid laundry detergent packet exposures.
  • 87% of exposures involved children under 6.
  • 99% of incidents occurred at the child’s residence.
  • Around 6% of incidents resulted in serious medical outcomes.
  • During the same period, there were 9 deaths associated with ingesting laundry detergent packets.
  • In addition to children, adults over 70 are also at a higher risk of exposure.

Laundry Detergent Recall Reiterates Danger of ‘Tide Pod Challenge’

The ‘Tide Pod Challenge’ gained notoriety as a dangerous social media trend where participants, primarily children and teenagers, recorded themselves biting into or ingesting Tide laundry detergent pods. This reckless behavior emerged in 2017 and quickly garnered widespread attention due to its potential for serious health hazards.

Tide pods contain highly concentrated detergent chemicals encased in a dissolvable film. Ingesting or biting into these pods releases the concentrated detergent, which can cause immediate and severe health effects. Some of the hazards associated with the Tide Pod Challenge include:

  • Chemical burns: The concentrated detergent inside the pods can cause chemical burns to the mouth, throat, and digestive tract. These burns can lead to pain, swelling, difficulty breathing, and potentially life-threatening injuries.
  • Gastrointestinal issues: Ingesting laundry detergent can result in nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. The chemicals can irritate the lining of the digestive system and lead to gastrointestinal distress.
  • Respiratory problems: Inhaling the vapor or dust from broken Tide pods can irritate the respiratory system, causing coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing.
  • Neurological effects: Some ingredients in laundry detergent pods can affect the central nervous system, leading to dizziness, confusion, and disorientation.

The current Proctor & Gamble laundry detergent recall serves as a stark reminder of the potential risks associated with inadequate or unsafe packaging. Not only may children accidentally ingest the product, but children who are curious about the internet challenge may have easier access to the product due to the defective packaging.

What Should I do if My Child is Harmed by a Laundry Detergent Packet?

If your child is harmed by a laundry detergent packet, it is essential to act quickly. Some tips for protecting safety, wellbeing, and your rights as a consumer include:

  • Contact your local poison control center or emergency services for guidance.
  • Remove any remaining detergent from the child’s mouth and hands and rinse their eyes with water if they have come into contact with the product.
  • Seek medical attention immediately.
  • Do not induce vomiting unless instructed to do so by medical professionals.
  • Keep the detergent packet packaging for reference and follow any instructions given by healthcare providers or poison control experts.
  • Contact the manufacturer of the detergent to report the incident and seek further guidance.

It is crucial to provide as much information as possible to poison control and healthcare providers about the type of detergent packet ingested, the amount, and the child’s symptoms.

If your child’s injuries or illness are severe, you may also find it helpful to consult with a product liability lawyer. A lawyer can advise you of your legal rights as a consumer, particularly options you may have to recover compensation for your child’s injuries and related losses.

Contact a Product Liability Lawyer for Free

If you or your child has experienced harm or injury due to a dangerous or defective product, you deserve justice. At Kherkher Garcia, our experienced product liability lawyers are here to help you understand your rights and explore your legal options.

Contact us today for a free consultation. We will review your case, answer your questions, and provide guidance on the next steps. The safety and wellbeing of you and your family are our top priorities, and we are committed to fighting for the compensation you deserve.

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This article was written and reviewed by Injury Trial Lawyer and Founding Firm Partner Jesus Garcia. Jesus has been a practicing injury lawyer for more than 20 years. He has won $150 Million+ in Settlements and Verdicts for his clients. He is a force of nature in the courtroom and the trial lawyer you want on your side if you or a loved one have been seriously injured at work or on the road. Abogado Jesus Garcia is bilingual and passionate about being the voice in the courtroom for the spanish speaking community here in Houston, across the state of Texas, and throughout the Nation.

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