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Matira Plush Firm mattress queen mattress
Furniture, Furnishings & Decorations
Bedroom, Bedding & Bath
Nonbaby Mattresses (4009)
SIMMONS BEDDING COMPANY    
Simmons
Matira Plush Firm mattress
Matira (2002486114)
10/17/2011  
 
Sears
Unspecified
9/15/2011 This date is an estimate
I purchased a Simmons Matira Plush Firm queen-sized mattress and a Simmons Grace Bay Plush firm twin-sized mattress from Sears that were finally delivered on October 20, 2011. The queen and twin mattresses were manufactured by Simmons in Charlotte, NC on 10/17/11 and 9/10/11, respectively.

The pungent odor from the mattresses was severe and overpowering, so we aired them for a week in a closed room running a fan on and leaving the windows open. Over the course of the next many months, my child and I began to have strange health symptoms. I did not make the bed connection until symptoms improved when we stayed elsewhere for vacation and one of my work trip's….and especially when I laid in my child’s bed.

My symptoms: insomnia and extreme sweating at night; mild coughing. I am an exceptionally healthy and athletic person with no serious stress in my life. I have never had any symptoms like this before and typically sleep 8 hours straight. On this new bed, I would wake up wide awake after roughly 3 hours of sleep. Some nights the sweating was so severe it seemed like I had run a marathon and my body odor was terrible. I do not have any body odor issues that I know of.

5 year old’s symptoms: chronic cough (dry cough every minute) that forced me in March to take her to the doctor. My child has NEVER been to a doctor for any illness – extremely health. The symptoms are pointing to asthma or some environmental irritant.

A few weeks ago, when I laid on my child’s bed for a night time story, after about 20 minutes, I began to violently dry hack as though I had an allergy (I have ZERO allergies). I had never laid on her bed for any length of time before this. Then, more recently, I laid in the twin bed again and after 30 minutes, my throat began to tighten up. Later that night, I had an “a-ha moment.” After rethinking what could be causing my child’s potential asthma conditions, I realized the beds could be the culprit.

So, we slept on an old queen futon in the house in another room and the VERY next day, my child’s coughing decreased by more than 90%. This first time no severe coughing in MONTHS. I am so relieved to see her coughing disappear and now understand why her coughing decreased considerably after she stayed at a friend’s house. I am now able to sleep through the night in the same house without waking at all and without sweating. When I slept back on the queen bed, my symptoms returned.

These mattresses are toxic, dangerous, and clearly unsafe. I am having them removed immediately. I am hoping that the CPSC will be able to test the fumes emanating from these two beds – they are clearly unhealthy.

More than anything, what concerns me most is the thousands of people who unknowingly sleep on these beds and might never know that newer health problems are caused by the very product that they sleep on 7-9 hours a night. It took us a while to connect the dots to then prove the source of the health problems. I am hoping, more than anything, that the safety of these beds, as well as other beds, get more carefully tested to determine the volume and toxicity of the offgassing that occurs. Also, I wonder if any entity has considered how much these products contaminate a home that is not ventilated, especially during the winter.

We need better testing and better protection. When we discovered that these beds were the cause of our health problems, I did some research on the internet and was shocked to see reams and reams of postings by people with all sorts of terrible symptoms caused by their new beds. Our government should do more to ensure public safety. There needs to be more comprehensive testing by our government or an independent entity to measure the toxic levels of offgassing over at least an 8-hour period (and prolonged periods) so that toxicologists and epidemiologists can evaluate the full impact on human health.
3/26/2012
Home/Apartment/Condominium 
Injury→Injury, Seen by Medical Professional
My Child
Female
5 years

Injury→Injury, No First Aid or Medical Attention Received
Self
Female
42 years
Yes
No
No
I notified them of the mattress. I need to resolve returning the mattresses with Sears. However, I would like advice on whether to hold the mattresses in case CPSC would like to test them.
Yes
N/A
Comment from SIMMONS BEDDING COMPANY 4/12/2012
Simmons Bedding Company has been in business for over 130 years and is one of the world's largest mattress manufacturers, manufacturing and marketing a broad range of mattresses and foundations, under famous brands such as Beautyrest®, Beautyrest Black®, Beautyrest NxG®, and ComforPedic by Simmons™. Throughout our history we have been committed to producing innovative, high quality bedding products and we remain dedicated to ensuring that each of our products meets or exceeds all applicable safety and health standards.

All of the polyurethane foams used in our mattresses have been certified by CertiPUR-US®, which verifies that the foams are low-VOC and free from ozone-depleting CFCs. The certified foam products are made without PBDE fire retardants, lead, mercury, formaldehyde, prohibited phthalates and other potentially harmful materials. Simmons, as the manufacturer, does not spray chemicals on our mattresses/foundations in order to meet federal flammability requirements.

Simmons mattresses meet all applicable U.S. laws and regulations and are not toxic, dangerous or unsafe.

CPSC does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of the Publicly Available Consumer Product Safety Information Database on SaferProducts.gov, particularly with respect to information submitted by people outside of CPSC.