P&G Must Defend Suit Alleging Tide Pod Exploded in Bra

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Procter & Gamble Co. has until March 30 to respond to a suit alleging a woman suffered chemical burns when a Tide detergent pod exploded in her bra.

Dana Arevalo contends she briefly placed the pod in her bra in 2015 to keep her young children from playing with the item.

The pod exploded, causing chemical burns and other permanent injuries, the product liability suit said.

Ohio-based P&G transferred the suit March 9 from a state court in Passaic, N.J., to the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. The company must file an answer by March 30, according to court records.

Arevalo’s isn’t the only suit to allege Tide pods have exploded, causing chemical burns.

Ariana Swartz contended she suffered burns to her arms, chest and neck in 2014 when a Tide pod exploded while she was preparing to do the laundry. The burns may have been caused by a substance in the pods, linear alkylbenzene sulfonate, designed to help remove dirt from clothes, her suit said.

In Swartz, P&G said its product testing showed that the plaintiff’s injuries could not have been caused by Tide products. Dismissal motions in Swartz’s suit are set to be heard April 4.

In Arevalo, the plaintiff’s attorneys include Ricci, Fava & Bagley, and the defense attorneys include Goldberg Segalla.

In Swartz, the plaintiff’s attorneys include Norman Yatooma & Associates, and the defense attorneys include Dinsmore & Shahl.

The case is Arevalo v. Procter & Gamble Co. , D.N.J., No. 2:18-cv-03354, removal 3/9/18.