Mind your Bottom - Toxic Sofa!
Mind your Bottom - What I actually mean is: Mind where you sit. What do you think of the photo below? It seems like a nice leather sofa - quite stylish but could it be dangerous to health?
Lots of people have fell terribly ill due to their sofa’s in the UK. This is due to a "highly sensitising" fungicidal chemical called Dimethyl Fumarate (DMF). It's used by Japanese manufacturers to stop mould growth in the Leather while it is being stored and transported.
When the sofas get into people's homes the sachets turn into gas that burns through clothes and then on to the skin. EU have now banned the use of DMF, after people affected in at least five European countries suffered skin burns and respiratory problems.
DMF - Dimethyl Fumarate
- Breathing Problems
- Terrible Itching
Have you been affected and taken time off work?
The High Court judges have sanctioned a deal that will see some 1,650 people, who suffered painful burns, receive compensation for their injuries as the companies who sold the Sofa's have admitted liability. April 2010
The compensation totals up to £20million and will be shared by all affected.
If you are outside UK and feel this has affected you, it's advisable to take the matter up with the manufacturers of your Sofa.
Baby Archie suffered burns and rashes
1) When you buy a Leather Sofa, ensure it doesn’t have DMF as it’s only banned in the EU Countries.
2) If you experience any itching, burns, rashes – have it checked out medically.
3) If you are in the UK and have bought Sofa’s from Argos, Land of Leather and Walmsleys or any others (particularly those 3 as they sell Japanese Leather Sofa’s). There is a possiblity, it’s in the Sofa.
4) Not such a good idea to buy a second hand Leather Sofa.
No more bad news from UK
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