Flammable clothing and bedding can cause serious burns and death. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that more than 4,000 people per year suffer severe clothing-related burn injuries. Fatalities from clothing igniting are estimated to total about 150 annually. (See www.cpsc.gov).
In some cases, a lawsuit may be filed against the fabric manufacturer, distributor or retailer where the clothing or fabric was purchased if the clothing causing the injuries is highly flammable or otherwise unsafe. In such an action the victim must prove:
– the clothing was defective and/or dangerous because it was unusually or highly flammable;