Mattress Sellers Accused of Making Deceptive Claims Settle with FTC
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved final consent orders in three cases involving allegedly deceptive environmental claims for mattresses.
The FTC's complaints, first announced in July, 2013 against Relief-Mart, Inc., Esssentia Natural Memory Foam Company, Inc., and Ecobaby Organics, Inc. charged the companies with making unsupported claims that the mattresses they sell are free of harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
The FTC also charged that two of the companies made unsupported claims that their mattresses were chemical-free and odorless. The FTC also challenged one company's claim that its mattresses are made from 100 percent natural materials, and another company's claim that its mattresses were certified by an organic mattress organization.
In settling the FTC's charges, the mattress companies have agreed not to make similar claims in the future, unless they have competent and reliable scientific evidence to prove that the claims are true. In addition, Ecobaby is barred from making misrepresentations about certifications.