A Boston couple has sued Costco and the maker of Kirkland detergent pods after their daughter sustained injuries from being exposed to the pods.
According to the court documents, Rosalynd and Jimmy Medina are suing Costco Wholesale Corporation and Sun Products Corporation for "personal injuries and damages suffered by their daughter, A.M., arising from defendant's design, manufacture, marketing and sale of Kirkland Ultra Clean Detergent pods, which are dangerously defective and pose an unreasonable risk of danger to young children."
The parents claim their daughter has suffered long-term health problems as a result of her exposure to the pods.
The girl was exposed to the pods on August 29, 2013 when it exploded in her hands, face, and mouth.
She was taken to Boston Children's Hospital where she was admitted for four days.
She required "long-term medical care for treatment of corneal abrasion, chemical pneumonitis, respiratory distress with upper airway swelling, obstructive sleep apnea, chronic changes in her lungs, feeding difficulties and reactive airway disease."
The Medinas are arguing that "the pods are packaged in small or “bite-size” colorful pods that are particularly attractive to children because they look like candy, toys or teething products."
Once the pods are handled by children's wet hands or put in their mouths, the pods released toxic detergent which can cause serious injuries including "loss of consciousness, vomiting, pulmonary injuries, severe irritation and ocular burns requiring hospitalization and long-term medical treatment."
The parents are asking for $75,000.