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Published on December 12th, 2013 | by Mattress Journal


Tempurpedic Sued Over VOCs & Memory Foam Safety

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A class action suit has been filed in California courts alleging that Tempurpedic’s memory foam mattresses contain harmful VOCs.

The lead plaintiff in the case, Michael Dodson, claims that Tempurpedic mattresses and pillows release volatile organic compounds which can result in allergic reactions as well as possible long-term complications, and that the company is aware of issues. They believe the company has minimized the problem when advertising their products by stating that the odors will dissipate and that products are VOC-free, when formaldehyde and other odors may continue to be released for months.

Tempurpedic and VOCs

The class lawsuit brought against Tempur-pedic is represented by attorney Allen Stewart of Dallas, Texas, and seeks many forms of recourse including an injunction, constructive trust, and restitution. It claims that Tempurpedic violated business laws within the State of California, where the suit was filed.

One of the primary reasons for the suit states that Tempurpedic not only downplayed VOCs in their memory foam mattresses and pillows but also refers to the fact that they failed to warn customers of a potential link between reactions and allergies with previous customers and their products.

Another key issue brought by the plaintiff is that Tempurpedic and their distributor network informs customers that the odors emitted from their memory foam should only last a few days and is harmless. The class action suit claims that the company has been aware of problems reported by some consumers like allergic reactions attributed to the odors or side effects like headaches since at least 2007, and has failed to notify consumers of these potential problems.

Their other claim is that Tempurpedic’s mattresses emit formaldehyde, a strong VOC and known carcinogen, even though they claim their products are ‘allergen-resistant’ (though this claim likely refers to dust mites rather than chemical sensitivities). The claim on the attorney’s website states that formaldehyde has been identified in laboratory testing of Tempurpedic products.

Tempurpedic’s Reaction

Tempurpedic has not officially released a public response yet, but the lawsuit (or perhaps recent FTC actions) already appears to have had some effect on marketing, as the company’s website removed a page in the last few months which had the claims mentioned in the lawsuit (“free of harmful VOCs (volatile organic compounds) such as formaldehyde and CFC (chlorofluorocarbon)—harsh chemicals that can trigger allergies and asthma.”), and now makes no official mention of the issue. They had also removed all reviews from their website for several months (since July 2013), though many appear to have been restored in the last few weeks.

What are VOCs?

VOC stands for volatile organic compounds which can be released from products created from unstable organic chemicals or compounds, often referring to petroleum or byproducts thereof, including the polyurethane and adhesives used in traditional memory foam. More than 60 compounds have been identified which can cause allergic reactions and other health concerns, with 18 of those requiring a warning label. Formaldehyde is just one of the well-known VOCs, and its concentration is easier to measure than many of the others.

According to the EPA website, VOCs are commonly found in paint, organic solvents, furniture, foams and degreasing agents among other commonly used products. The concentration is often higher indoors, and can lead to many health effects, including lung irritation, nerve damage, kidney damage, endocrine disruption and several are also considered to be potential carcinogens.

What’s The Deal with VOCs and Mattresses?

Although Tempur-pedic is currently being sued over VOCs, they are not the only company to run afoul of problems related to the release of volatile organic compounds and advertising claims. EcoBaby Organics Inc., Essentia Natural Memory Foam Company Inc., and Relief-Mart Inc. were recently asked by the FTC to stop advertising that their products are VOC-free until proven to be so. Other companies including Target, Wal-Mart and Babies R Us were also sued earlier this year in California due to undisclosed Tris fire retardants in baby mattresses.

As the organic and natural movements continue gaining popularity and awareness, more and more consumers are becoming concerned about toxic or potentially harmful products. VOCs have been a primary target in the U.S. and Europe, since several of them have the potential to interfere with endocrine systems, hormones, and other bodily functions. Furniture items are of particular concern since their outgassing can affect indoor air quality, and since people are in close proximity to their mattresses for several hours each day.

Are Tempurpedic and Other Memory Foam Mattresses Safe?

Memory foam mattresses have taken the bedding industry by storm and continue growing in sales, yet these recent actions have many consumers wondering whether it is safe to go to bed at night. The answer is complex, primarily depending on the type of memory foam mattress you own or choose to buy, as well as your personal sensitivity. Manufacturers are also not required to disclose ingredients at this time, and chemical claims are largely on honor system until challenged.

According to SleepLikeTheDead, a consumer review analysis website, nearly 18% of Tempur-pedic owners have complained of issues with off-gassing and odors. This does represent a higher percentage than memory foam mattresses as a whole, which usually average closer to 15%, and is significantly higher than some other brands of which reviewers may complain of odor in as few as 3-5% of reviews. (For more information, check out Memory Foam Mattress Guide’s helpful comparison article on memory foam and offgassing.)

Here are a few key points to consider if you are concerned about memory foam safety:

  • Traditional memory foam – This is the original petroleum-based memory foam, typically most associated with the release of VOCs. About 15% of owners complain of strong odor.

  • Plant-based memory foam – This type of material replaces a portion of the petroleum-based ingredients with plant-based ingredients, reducing synthetic chemicals and typically resulting in less odorous products. About 3-8% of owners complain of odors.

  • Density – Higher density beds have more polyurethane polymer and thus greater propensity to off-gas than low density foams.

  • Adhesives – Some of the harshest VOCs can be found in the adhesives used to assemble the memory foam beds. Water-based and green options exist, and may help reduce VOC levels in end products.

  • Flame Retardants – Flame retardant chemicals like PBDEs and Tris can outgas and cause reactions or negative side effects. Non-chemical fabric barriers (usually made of silica and other fibers) may be ideal for preserving safety without adding more chemicals.

  • Manufacturing Process – Most foam manufacturers use types of blowing agents to develop foam structures, which can contribute to chemicals in end products and pollution. A small number use vacuum systems (variable pressure foaming) to create their foams which reduce the chemical profiles.

  • According to SleepLikeTheDead, only about 1.5% of memory foam mattress owners experience side effects related to odor that are significant enough to cause them to return their mattress.

Although almost every manufactured product, even spring mattresses, will release a new odor, knowing what the odor actually consists of can be important for peace of mind and health. Thoroughly research products before buying, and check reviews to see if a significant proportion of people mention side effects. Look for recognized industry safety certifications, and ensure that the retailer can answer your questions about foams, fire retardants and adhesives. When you do choose a new mattress, allow it air out in a separate room or garage for a few days if you are sensitive to smells just to be sure, or even consider buying a pillow from the brand first to test your reaction. But, know that only a very small percentage of people will experience significant side effects, while memory foam as whole remains the highest-rated mattress category for overall satisfaction.

While only time will tell how Tempurpedic fairs in their latest lawsuit, the trends toward safer consumer products and greater transparency are clear. Consumers increasingly want to know what is in the products they buy and how it might affect their families and the environment, which is one of the trends we mentioned in our recent article on the Future of the Memory Foam Mattress Industry. However, for major mattress brands like Tempurpedic, Sealy, Simmons and Serta, this represents a significant shift in their business models that may prove difficult as product secrecy, exclusivity and limited consumer information have been the modus operandi for decades.

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    77 Responses to Tempurpedic Sued Over VOCs & Memory Foam Safety

    1. daniel urbina says:

      I bought a tempurpedic almost two weeks ago and my wife asked yesterday to take her to the hospital due to the bad headache , and nauseas. Also my daugther already vomit one of the first nights she slept with us. I did no take my wife to the hospital but I am hearing she has few day with a severe pain in the head also complaining since first day the mattress came here about an odor of chemical in the room. I am really concerned of this situation and if it is the level of VOC somebody need to make a test which chemicals are exhuding from the bed. Something I found extrange is that my wife put nail polish in her toes and the nail polish after dry start disolving it in the mattress. The only explanation is the release of a powerful chemical with thinner properties for nail polish which are the same petrochemicals used to thinner solvent based paints.Other hypothesis is the use of flourocarbons to repeal the water, oil, and bleeding, etc. The issue with Flourocarbons is the chain of carbons in their structure. For example a carbon chain of 8 c-c-c-c-c-c-c-c could have bad effects if used in the nonwovens and textiles where there is no human contact. Flourocarbons are expensive specialty chemicals and the level of application is small in a formulation. Today in the US is allowed to use a chain of floucarbon of max 6 carbon chain. In the automotive industry still using high level of carbon chain too. The issue here is also to know if terpurpedir is cutting corners with their pattern and they are using cheaper chemicals or even other chemical that could cause a different reaction in their production process. Also I asked if they are manufacturing it in the US and they say YES. Some countries out the first world doesnt use the same regulation in terms of flourocarbon and other chemicals used in this type of end products. All these chemicals that the matresses are exhuding are made of isocyanates and polyol bonding plus its catalyst. But the release of formaldehyde could be an effect of a non complete bonding or simple the typical effect of bad polimerization process. Maybe the mattress is not curing well and it could be a batch problems . But I need to put my complaint at this moment over this product at this moment after I am seeing my wife getting similar symptoms of current complaints.

    2. Debra G says:

      After my Simmons Beautyrest Recharge was delivered I noticed an overwhelming smell in the second floor. I thought there might be a dead animal in the attic, but nothing was there. After about three weeks the smell dissipated. Then about a month later started to wake up very congested, with headaches, earaches, and wheezing. I started to notice heart palpitations and muscle weakness. Then I developed bronchitis. I was on a Zpack for five days, but had a lingering cough. A month later the bronchitis was back, along with a 101.6F fever. Back on the Zpack, and also oral meds for thrush from all the antibiotics. I googled, “is my mattress trying to kill me?” and found all this stuff about offgassing. Had the mattress propped up uncovered for about a month with the windows open and an exhaust fan running 24/7. Then I read that voc’s have a low ph (acid) so I covered the mattress with baking soda and “walked” it into the mattress, left it again to air out about a week, then vacuumed the soda off. Been back on the bed three nights and started to wake again with same symptoms.

    3. Linda Cimino says:

      I just bought a temperpedic bed it has been three weeks and still smells bad I have asthma which as controlled until week three of this Bed I am on high dose steroids The doctor told me no allergy or asthma sufferers should own this bed I called the store I bought it in they gave me an attitude my fiancé who sleeps with me even says he has been sick on it so I’m not crazy meanwhile I may have to sleep on the floor until we settle this Shame on these companies for non disclosure

    4. Cindy Torrison says:

      I bought a temper pedic mattress in mar 2015 the whole package 5 thousand dollars later. I immediately smelt an odor and they said it would go away in a couple of days. Immediately I had back pain. I went back to Sleep Country a couple of days later and they said that I had to get used to the bed. I asked them what if it is does not get better before the time limited and the salesmen said that don’t worry sleep country has an excellent customer service. I said so are you saying that they will let me either return it or exchange it. And he said all I am saying is that customer service will take care of you. There was other customers around and it seemed as though they did not want them to hear that they there would be good will given if I had a problem. I passed the time to change it and I called them and explained what the salesmen said and they did not care. Theyd that I could only exchange it if there was something wrong with it. I said that I have back pain and I feel like I am falling in a hole. I send them pictures of the bed and I told them that I would be happy with 1500.00 and I would give them back the bed which cost me over 2500.00 so they would have the bed to re sell and I would be out 1000.00 it would be worth it for me because I could at least afford to buy a new bed. They would not help at all and this was the top head guy in Ottawa. For about the past 2 years I have been suffering with really bad allergies. Weasing, coughing, headaches, body aches and very tried all of the time and I never felt like this before. I first mattress at sleep country was a disaster never buy from them they lie to their customers make them feel like this is going to be a great experience and after they get your money you mean nothing. we need to fight back and I cannot afford to go and buy a new mattress especially since I need one that goes on the adjustable rack what a waste of money when the massage comes on the whole house sakes. I never use it and it was 2000.00. I thought that this would possibly be my dream bed and probably the last bed in my life. Well you know I might be right because somedays I feel like I am not nearly as healthy as I thought I was and all in about 2 years. How can we sue this extremely bad company.

    5. Louise Long says:

      My husband and I bought a Tempurpedic king sized mattress set from a local furniture store, who told us during purchase that if in 30 days we didn’t like it, we could return it with a restocking fee. I was (and still am) pregnant, and were excited and relieved to be getting a new, bigger mattress. We had it delivered and set it up in our room, and could smell the off gassing. I had known this might happen with a mostly memory foam mattress, and expected the smell to dissipate in about a week. 3 weeks go by and it’s still so strongly off gassing that I won’t even sleep in there (smells really bothered me at the time, and I was concerned how breathing that might affect my unborn baby). So we call the mattress store and they deny telling us we can return it–even for a fee–despite it saying so on our paperwork. We were livid and frustrated. Contacted Tempurpedic and they basically said “Oh well”. After much fighting with the local furniture store, they allowed us to bring it back (one of the conditions of being able to return it was purchasing a pricey mattress protector–which we had) and exchange it, for a hefty fee. So we did that, and got a different Tempurpedic that supposedly had the memory foam more in the middle of the mattress construction vs at the top. Got it home and it also off gassed for several weeks. The first mattress had given us really bad headaches, and the second one did for awhile, but then the off gassing seemed to dissipate along with the headaches. We will never purchase another one of their (expensive!) mattresses, and won’t ever buy another one period without researching off gassing issues they might have. We wished we had bought a gently used one from a different local store instead, that was probably already done with its off gassing, if it ever had any.

    6. Heike Helmer says:

      I bought my tempurpedic deluxe mattress topper about three weeks ago and I keep experiencing dizziness and fatigue since then. I love sleeping on it, but it might be slowly killing me. After reading all the comments, I will return it this weekend to Bed, Bath & Beyond.

    7. Ana Villavicencio says:

      I had had my tempurpedic mattress for around 10 years I am extremely ill I was diagnosed with fibromygia, my central nervous system is all affected, I have headaches all the time, problem with sleep with it ruins my heart as well, back and neck problems and I have felt depressed because I didn’t know what was happening to me. today 10/01/2016 was the first day that I felt in my heart to find out about my mattress and I was so shocked that I found all this testimonies, I am happy and super sad at the same time because I know the most accurate reason why I am in this situation. I rarely drink alcohol, I did many changes to my diet, I am very active, etc but I still was having a lot of pain and malfunctions in my body. Can you please tell me if so far, is there a possible way to do something due to so much damage? thank you for your help

    8. regina johnson says:

      I bought a tempurpedic in April 2015 and delivered later that month. WOW had wish I had known about the class action suit in place! I am an extreme consumer advocate.The store that sold it to me was terrible and lied-and never told me about the gasses. The gy who brought it in my house said when we unwrap it it may smell. “IS that a warning???”
      I developed new extreme shoulder pain, my back much worse.
      I have allergy problems I never had in my life. I have pulmonary problems that are severe that developed after sleeping on this thing.
      So now i have elected to go to another room after 47 years of marriage as I cant take it anymore.I tried everything with tempurpedic to get another just plain mattress and they denied anything .Their test top prove error is NOT A CORRECT TEST! Do not buy this. They want you to lay a stick across bed and measure with a quarter. Well now -they DO NOT have the zipper off the mattress anymore -so there is an elastic cover that is NON removable—-so HOW are you supposed to tell is any indentation at all?
      The elastic fabric cover stretches across and makes it taut and does not tell the true story of what lays beneath.So WHY did they take the zip off cover OFF? So people could not see the mushy hot mess of foam underneath. It is so hot. You cannot turn over.I cannot believe this industry is getting away with this kind of chemical in something we sleep on with no warning. I wanted so badly to love my new mattress -the pads I bought especially for it and sheets and frame etc.. $4,000 totally down the drain. And no handles on the thing to even lift it to a dump! Big commissions for middle party seller and l.ots of profit for maker and we are swindled and getting sick and sicker.

    9. Darlene Walter says:

      Same things happening to me..bought Bob s memory foam bed ..every time I try to sleep in it I break out with itchy big hives..800 dollars down the drain…!!

    10. Patrice Barnes says:

      After reading the articles here and experiencing similar problems for 3 years, shoulder pain, tenitis, headaches, and back pain. I had bought the cloud supreme 3 years ago.
      It’s in the guest room now, but maybe it needs to be removed from the house, I called temperpedic and they told me that nothing can be done about it. No refund,

    11. Joani says:

      I had my tempurpedic mattress for 5 years, when I started breaking out in a rash, and itching, on my chest, arms and legs. That was Aug., 2015. I changed to organic creams, soaps, had food allergy tests done, but the itching and the rash continued. In May, 2016, I was out of town for 3 weeks, and noticed after 11 days the rash and itching completely cleared up. 2 days after returning home, and sleeping on my tempurpedic mattress and pillows, the rash and itching started up again. I have been sleeping in my guest bedroom on a regular mattress, and again the rash and itching is going away.
      I have read so many articles about people having problems with memory foam mattresses, and Tempurpedic seems to be the worst. Given the obstructions industries put up to deny that their products cause health issues, I’m not surprised that memory foam mattress makers continue to make these un healthy products. It will probably take years for the lawsuit to go through the courts, just like with cigarette manufacturers, the plastics industry, the flame retardant industry, etc. In the meantime, many people will continue to suffer symptoms that Drs. cannot identify, but obviously seem caused by memory foam.
      I am getting rid of my mattress and planning to go organic.

    12. Joan says:

      After purchasing a tempuprdic mattress a couple of years ago I had my first ever asthma attacks. I blamed them on outdoor pollutants coming into my room and closed door as tight as possible, but continued to have respiratory problems and fatigue, and vision changes. After reading reoports about these mattresses I opened every door I could and got a HEPA air purifier that was supposed to have VOC filter, but it didn’t actually have VOC filter. I’m quite concerned about long-term effects of the mattress VOC content on my health

    13. Joanel jackson says:

      I purchased a tempurpedic mattress for my queen size adjustable frame and had my first ever asthma attack. I didn’t associate the illness with the mattress for almost 2years. I spent a lot of money on that mattress and I’ve just begun to experiment with putting several layers of blankets on it in hopes that will stop the chemicals from affecting me so much. Will this help?

    14. Chak says:

      We bought tempur mattress. Smell is unbearable. My wife is pregnant and we did not know about the off gassing, VOCs etc. We are scared now. We were not advised about this when we bought it. Do you know how dangerous is it for pregnant woman?

      • Mattress Journal says:


        There are no studies on the effects we’re aware of. The EPA’s position is that memory foam is considered safe, though manufacturers generally suggest letting the mattress air out thoroughly if it gives off a strong smell. Since the brand is very guarded about what’s in the foam and types of fire barriers used, it’s difficult to say, but there is nothing proven one way or the other. In addition to letting it breathe and airing out the room, you could also try a waterproof mattress protector to seal it in.

    15. Heather Baugher says:

      My Boyfriend and I purchased a Tempurpedic Mattress last November and for 10 months felt weak, dizziness, breathing difficulties, achy joints and muscles, headaches, etc. I have been back and forth to doctors, had an MRI and nothing showed up. I started eliminating things in the house that could cause this and after researching about the mattress I found that many others have experienced the same symptoms as we have from the chemicals in the mattress!!!! This is unbelievable!! I contacted the company 800-753-1130 and they opened a case and had someone call me back. They are making us signed an agreement that we can never sue them and they will pick up the mattress and give a full refund with no questions asked. They must have many complaints to ask no questions! I’m afraid to sign the agreement because God forbid we get a serious illness down the road from this. I’m told even if you join a class action suit you really don’t make out with that much in return. This is unreal that they know the problems consumers are having but yet still selling the product! It’s a Crime!

    16. Shawna says:

      My boyfriend is a diesel mechanic. He works all day around chemicals and the smells don’t bother him. He has sleep apnea pretty bad, so a good friend of ours bought us a new mattress and adjustable frame. A Cloud Supreme. We love it. We were told by an ex employee of mattress firm that we should walk all over it to break the membrane in the material and that will speed up and get through the beginning off gassing period. So we did that last night. We haven’t noticed ANY smell at all from the mattress, and we sleep great… but this is day 2 and both days he’s woken up with a headache. I figure well go two weeks and see if his headaches persist.what bed would you recommend to match the softness of a cloud supreme? We have a split side adjustable bed.

    17. Penny Rago says:

      We have had Tempur-pedic for about 10 years with no problem except that it gets warm spots from body heat. We recently bought a new one and have noticed no odor.

      I have read that a new Tempur-pedic mattress should be aired out for 48 hours prior to using it. We didn’t do that either time but still have seen no problem.

      Years ago when it was learned that particle board furniture had formaldehyde, people were advised to put plants in their rooms, because the plants remove formaldehyde fumes from the air. Don’t know if that is true, however, might be worth researching for people who are sensitive to their mattresses that contain formaldehyde. If I had known my mattress had formaldehyde, I never would have bought it. But you never know what you are getting these days – could be other mattresses have other problems.

    18. Miriam Moyer says:

      I just found this website with comments on Tempur-Pedic mattresses. I just purchased one a few weeks ago and have had many strange physical symptoms that have sent me to the doc. I’m not sure if the class action lawsuit has been settled, but I feel sure that I’m having allergic reactions to the chemicals in the mattress and frame. I plan to return the bed since there’s a 100 night guarantee. Thank you for any updates you may have on this situation.

    19. Everyday Headache says:

      For the past 3 years I’ve been having headaches every spring through summer. Come to find out voc’s off-gas from things when temperature is higher and humidity is higher as well.
      I don’t have a tempur-pedic, but I realized the other week that this all started around when I got a centi-pur memory foam mattress.

      After reading for several weeks about all the things that have voc’s, that could be preventable, this crap needs to stop.

      I found it really funny that I found infant beds are voc-free and free of other chemicals. Like, who the heck thinks of this crap, or better yet, who doesn’t think of this crap? I can’t believe that people are accepting these things as being ok.

      I just hope my body doesn’t have internal damage to organs now. I mean really, money isn’t going to make me feel better, I’ll probably die early anyways, all because of a mattress and some lack of political regulation?!!!!

    20. Everyday Headache says:

      For the past 3 years I’ve been having headaches every spring through summer. Come to find out voc’s off-gas from things when temperature is higher and humidity is higher as well.
      I don’t have a tempur-pedic, but I realized the other week that this all started around when I got a centi-pur memory foam mattress.

      After reading for several weeks about all the things that have voc’s, that could be preventable, this crap needs to stop.

      I found it really funny that I found infant beds are voc-free and free of other chemicals. Like, who the heck thinks of this crap, or better yet, who doesn’t think of this crap? I can’t believe that people are accepting these things as being ok.

      I just hope my body doesn’t have internal damage to organs now. I mean really, money isn’t going to make me feel better, I’ll probably die early anyways, all because of a mattress and some lack of political regulation?!

    21. Sharon says:

      Have suffered with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia for 7 years. Recently went on vacation 2 separate times and felt better both times, felt worse after returning home both times. After reading your website believe my Tempurpedic mattress purchased approximately 5 years ago may be a big part of my fatigue and pain. I will pursue being added to the class action suit and or refund.

    22. Tami Kelley says:

      I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia since sleeiping on a gel infused memory foam bed for at least 5 years made by Serta which was bought from Sam’s Club. I finally went to a gastroenterologist and found out I also have an overgrowth of bacteria in my small intestines due to candida overgrowth. After much research, it appears this is due to liver damage. I believe this bed off gases formaldehyde and other toxins every day, and my liver is exhausted from trying to rid me of these toxins. i have extreme hot flashes which is my liver trying to detox. The worst part is I also bought two more of these mattreses, one for my guest room and one for my only child and his wife. Please God tell me our bodies can regenerate. I foresee this being a massive lawsuit like asbestos cases. I am going to see my attorney friends because these companies must be stopped from killing us.

    23. Jenna says:

      My husband and I purchased a tempurpedic mattress a couple of months ago and we were never warned about the toxic off-gassing or smell. When we first unwrapped the mattress the scent of chemicals was overwhelming so we let it air out in our guest room for a few weeks before bringing it downstairs to our room. The first time I attempted to sleep on it I gave up and had to leave the room after a very short time because I had a headache and my throat felt irritated. I didn’t attempt to sleep on it again for a couple more weeks when the smell seemed to have dissipated a bit. Well, the next day I had a horrible headache, bloody nose, body aches, irritated lungs and throat and dizziness. I thought I wasn’t coming down with something but now I know it’s the mattress. I have been sleeping on the recliner and anytime I spend more than 5 minutes in our bedroom my symptoms start to return. I am beyond upset about this and am praying to God that my baby hasn’t been harmed in any way -I’m 28 weeks pregnant. I am planning on returning the mattress even though I’m going to lose hundreds in fees. I’m also now stuck with a very expensive adjustable base that isn’t compatible with other mattresses.

    24. Yamina says:

      Hi Staphanie Gordon, I just read your post and the same thing happened to me! I went on a business trip for two weeks and I realized that my health issues were caused by my mattress. I have terrible headaches and nerve pain throughout my body. I feel as if my health is deteriorating by the minute. I have been a zombie like you since I can’t fall asleep right away and when I do, I wake up right away because of the tingling and burning sensation as my body sinks into the bottom, flat surface of the mattress. Unlike you, I do smell the odor and it has been almost 10 months!

    25. Yamina says:

      Thank you so much for making this page available to the consumer. I purchased a Tempurpedic Mattress last September of 2014; Ever since, I have had many health issues and I have come to the conclusion that I am sensitive to the VOC exposure. I have always taken really good care of my health by being a super healthy eater and a runner. I never had any health issues and always had really good stamina and energy. Now, on a daily basis, I have insomnia, headaches, body aches, allergies (irritated eyes, flu like symptoms) and an injured shoulder as a result of my body sinking in the extra soft and flat surface. I wake up in pain almost every day. Due to the symptoms I am having, I had blood work done because I thought I had anemia since I don’t eat red meat. I was surprised when my doctor said I was not anemic. It makes so much sense that I feel the way I do since if I’m inhaling all these toxic compounds. I’m in the process of negotiating an exchange for my mattress but due to comfort issues since the place where I bough it from sent me the wrong one the first time. Since I eventually ended up exchanging it, I can no longer exchange it one more time since “I used up the chance” to do so a second time.” The mattress I tried at the store’s show room feels nothing like the one they delivered to me. I am negotiating with the store to see if they can exchange it but I have not had a response from the store manager. As I’m writing this, I have a headache and have major allergy symptoms. As of last night, I am sleeping on my carpet next to the $7,800.00 king size mattress and foundation I purchased that is only making me sick. My question to you is how do we add ourselves to that class action law suit? Or how do I even ask for a refund based on all these health related issues that only I as a consumer know that came about right after I purchased this mattress. Thank you for reading this long post.

      • Ana Villavicencio says:

        Hello my name is Ana, I just want to know if you had a response or any solution to your problem, I had had my king size tempurpedic mattress for almost 10 years, I am very ill, I was diagnosed with fybromalgia, nerve damage, heart palpitations, headaches, confusion, etc. can you please help me to find out what can I do? thank you

    26. mike says:

      dido to all the aforementioned have had our temperpidic since 07 paid almost 6k and have had all manner of pain and breathing related problems now I know why , as per others here I sleep and begin to feel much better when I sleep away from my temper, Oo and the valleys!! I think we got like a 20year warantee but when I recently called Sleepys where we purchased they gave me the biz big time laughing all the way to the bank those rats are, this could be one of the greatest scams ever on the American consumer, think about how many people have their kids on these things with the crazy high rates of breathing problems amoung young people as of late that is truly scary aside from the problems regarding circulation and back trouble and gasses holy crap I’ll be joining the class action suit today, perhaps sites like this can stop stone walling and perhaps out rite lies beening told by smiling commistioned sale’s peps best of luck to all

    27. Shara Eller says:

      I bought a Tempurpedic classic 8 years ago.But only have been sleeping on it 5 years. My Husband had Kidney problems 18% working and has passed away from Cancer He slept on it for 5 years.I had extreme dizziness but not any now that I sleep on the couch I don’t know what to do as I paid 2700.00 for it but how can I sell it. thinking what I am thinking

    28. Carol says:

      I am sending my Temperpedic cloud mattress back to the retailer asap. I have had headaches, dizziness and lethargy in the one month that we have owned it. Oddly, my husband has no symptoms but it has really affected me. Can’t believe that a company can get away with marketing a product like this! Where are our government regulators?

    29. Melissa says:

      I bought Temper-Pedic less than a year ago to help my back issues…. after contacting both Sleep’s and Tempur-Pedic about returning it because of increased pain, new excruciating hip pain, stabbing pains in my arm- so much so I though I was having a heart attack, two trip to hospital for respiratory issues, I now take 20 Advil a day just to keep headaches to a minimum, I wake up COUNTLESS times every night, am completely exhausted, wake up literally DYING of thirst, dry coughing, flu-like symptoms, random shaking, dizzy spells, I often lose track of what I am saying, abnormal OBGYN tests, the list is literally endless…… I am at a loss- I am on a fixed income and was coerced in to buying this piece of garbage- they only way I could afford was to by a floor model- which the sales rep RAVED about and said would stop my pain and I feel as if I am now dying- living is complete misery- I can’t GIVE the bed away- and can’t put it anywhere else in my home- it won’t fit up the stairs….. the medical costs are outrageous- which I also can not afford…… can’t even afford a new bed……This ALL started after getting this mattress……WHAT DO I DO????????

    30. Jan says:

      We have a mold problem with our mattress. During our Spring Cleaning we removed all the blankets, etc. and in tipping up the mattress we saw body shaped patches of mold. I immediately called Tempur-Pedic and they said mold was not a factory defect, nor a common problem. They were, however, as a one time courtesy, willing to replace my mattress, but I would have to buy their wood mattress foundation and I could never make a future claim against them. Our mattress is on a chest bed with a solid wood top, not slats or box springs. In speaking to customer service I asked what their foundations were made of…wood, covered with polyester. What???!!! They want me to buy a wood foundation to place on my wood mattress pad! Then of course there is the part where they want to record your affirmative to not pursuing any further claims on our 25 year mattress.

      This smacks of unethical business practices! I have Googled mold and Tempur-Pedic and come up with tons of such stories. Further there have been a lot of complaints about the newer mattresses breaking down and valleys developing. My mattress is less than three years old. I don’t want out-gassing and premature breakdown of the bed. I just want a safe bed with a warranty that I can trust.

      Has anyone been able to get a refund or help from them that doesn’t include buying something and voiding out 22 years of our warranty?

      Thank you for you help.

    31. Cori W. says:

      I was interested in purchasing a good mattress and enjoying longer rest periods. I purchased a tempur-pedic mattress and the pillows were free in 2011. Immediately, I began experiencing ringing in my ears from the close contact with the pillows, stiffness and weakness in my body, and a feeling of being confined to the bed. I did not know what was happening to me. I was conferencing with my doctor about the new body signs. I never mentioned the new mattress. He did not know what to tell me and we were wondering what was happening to me. I would have never guessed that it was my new $4,000.00 mattress. About three months later, I went out to eat one afternoon and decided to go on line while waiting for lunch. I was still excited about my mattress and wanted to compare it to the cost of others. This is when I discovered the negative comments of others who had purchased the mattress. I felt like my money had been snatched right out of my purse. I read more and more comments and had no desire to eat lunch. I had to make another appointment with my doctor.

      What are your recommendations for me to follow? Are they waiting for someone to die before they take action.

      In my opinion, enough customers have complained.

    32. Stephanie Gordon says:

      We bought a Serta iCloud (memory foam) Aura from Sears in January and I haven’t had a good night’s sleep since. While I never smelled any odor, I have been constantly lethargic no matter how many hours I sleep, unable to fall asleep for a long time and difficulty waking up, knee pain and terrible headaches. I was just out of town for a week and NO problems! I know it is the mattress. The store policy is 120 days for return and when I called today they said it has been 121 days and unlikely they will return. Seriously?? I am not a litigious person, but feel like seriously suing…for a full refund and damages. I have been a zombie for four months and was NEVER warned of any potential risk. How can they not warn people that these problems can possible arise?? It’s like warning labels on cigarettes…this industry NEEDS to be accountable for people’s health. What will it take?? It didn’t occur to me that it could be the bed. Had I known of potential side effects, I would have immediately returned it. I will take it as far as i need to to get my money back…and they’re lucky if I don’t take it further than that. Reading all of these comments, I can’t believe how much some people have suffered. Maybe we should all file a suite on this corrupt industry.

    33. Connie says:

      We purchased a tempurpedic mattress two years ago & I have been ill ever since. Chronic inflamed irritated throat & nosebleeds. All blood work tests negative & no diagnosis by several physicians. I am convinced it’s the VOCs/formaldehyde in our mattress. Also wondering if it’s safe to keep now that the major off gassing should be complete? Also getting a new mattress of any kind means more initial off gassing so not sure what to do about our mattress situation. How do we proceed with a lawsuit or did anything ever come of the class action suit?

    34. Randy says:

      We have recently moved and leased a house for a year. This is our second month in the house. The bed in the main bedroom is a tempurpedic. I do not know how old it is. I have not been feeling well since I started sleeping in it. One thing is that I experienced shoulder pain on the left side of my body. Even the left side of my face felt numb. But the bigger thing is that I have had a perpetual cough. I got rid of the duvet, thinking I might have be having an allergic reaction to down. I had that happen once. Then I got rid of the Tempurpedic pillows. I kept sneezing and coughing and developed an ongoing sore throat. When I left the house and slept somewhere else, I noticed I felt better. In the last two to three weeks, the coughing reached a crezendo that resulted in aggravated bronchitis. At 3 am two nights ago I ended up in the emergency room with an unremitting wheezing spongy cough that had become intolerable. I was really sick! My back and muscles and stomach muscles ached from coughing. I was shaking, trembling with every cough. =The ER doctor at first thought I had pneumonia but after viewing my x-ray, he decided it was an aggravated bronchitis. I sat under a mask inhaling an Albuteral mist for an hour. He gave me a Zpack (antibiotic), an Rx cough medicine, a pain killer, and a portable Albuteral mister. I came home without reason… I just recoiled at going back into that room, into that bed. I went to the guest bedroom and took my Tylenol. In two days my coughing abated so much that I did not need any more of the meds I had been given.((I did have to finish the Z pack.) I didn’t know why but I still couldn’t make myself go back to into that bedroom. Then I had the thought. Maybe it could be the bed. I looked up Tempurpedic and allergies and up popped your articles. I know it’s the bed, I know it. I’m in the other room typing this and I am okay. In there I feel the reaction in my nose, throat and then in my lungs, That bed is attacking my lungs! The mattress is so thick and heavy. I could never move it! Does anyone know if there is a zippercase mattress cover that could block these VOC’s?? I am feeling so much better in the guest bedroom!

      • Doug Begley says:

        I had the same issues (bronchitis, etc) within two months of buying a Tempur-Pedic Elite. I’ve never had lung issues like that before, not even a cold in 5 years. Now I’m developing severe, new allergies even after buying a sophisticated air filter for the bedroom. I bought an air mattress at Target and get a much better night’s sleep on it.
        Healthy Back store management changed their minds the day after I said I wanted to return it and said I couldn’t. I’ll be going to BBB, and other consumer agencies before pursuing local court action.

    35. Gr8Dane says:

      If this is as bad as it seems to be, then the lawyers who are leading this charge should open the lawsuit up nationwide – bet there would be a whole slew of tempurpedic owners who would gladly jump on board for failure to disclose key material facts about the safety of their product, and falsely advertising it as safe. As it Consumer fraud!

    36. Chuck says:

      We got a Tempurpedic (our second one after 10 years). Haven’t been sick in 3 years. 3 days after sleeping on the new one I got a allergic respiratory reaction followed by some flu like symptoms.

      Its likely going back to the store and if they don’t want to refund we’ll just stop payment on it.

      This article is from 12/2013. Would like to know what happened with the case.

    37. April 7, 2015

      My husband and I bought a Cal. king Tempurpedic mattress in July 7, 2005. We did have a noxious odor, which we had never had, in our bedroom for several weeks. Either it went away or we got use to it. Soon after we bought this mattress my husband began having “Titanic” migraines and /or nausea almost daily. I developed a non stop nightly cough and saw a doctor. He told us the Tempurpedic mattress out gased for years. My husband more recently developed a cough. Both of us only cough at night when we get into bed. In September 2008, we were rotating the mattress as instructed ,and noticed very large areas of mildew in multiple places. We had bought the mattress and a captains bed at Larson’s, in Medford, Oregon. (This large store is now out of business.) At the time we contacted Larsons with the concern and were told to deal directly with Tempurpedic. Tempurpedic told us the mildew must be from water spills. I have excellent photo documentation showing the top of the mattress to be pristine and clearly never had any type of “spills,” but the bottom of the mattress was very moldy. I have a letter from Tempurdedic stating that they would replace the mattress but just once. The following year, August 2009 we once again had mildew on the bottom of the mattress, as this time we we purposefully watching. Tempurpedic told us we needed to buy a plastic mattress cover from them, which we did not. Again the mattress was replaced and this time Larson’s did some type of sealant on the wood base where the mattress sits.

      Since we have had the mattress I have had increased stiffness which only occurs when sleeping or even lying on the Tempurpedic. My deep cough continues along with my husbands morning nausea, headaches, and now also a continuous ‘bedroom’ cough. All the above resolves when out of the bedroom and/or just off of the Tempurpedic mattress.

      Although I have been saying, for the last few years, I feel our mattress is causing many of our health issues, I never felt we could do anything. The store, Larson’s,is out of business and Tempurpedic was never cooperative. I have full documented letters, and we had spent so much money for the bed and set. At this time we can not afford another en tire set up but almost willing to take mattress to dump and sleep on the floor, which is not a great option.

      So this class action suit is taking place in Calif., any chance we can be included from the Oregon area?
      Any advise or comments, received with gratitude. Thank-you.

      • I was wondering why there are not a reply to my note above. Thanks

        • Mattress Journal says:


          According to Justia Docket search, this case is still pending as of June 2015, with recent actions on various things such as evidence discovery and confidentiality. Once a final conclusion is announced, we’ll do our best to keep this page updated. Thanks for reading!

    38. Daniel says:

      How can I sign up for the class action suit?

    39. Ron Corbin says:

      We have had our California King Tempur Pedic bed for approximately four years and there is still a chemical odor, especially from the pillow. What should I do about this, can I get a refund?

    40. Ray says:

      I bought a Tempurpedic Cloud Luxe King mattress on January 4, 2015. I started having a sore throat in the morning and a dry tongue, and my eyes would burn and would be red all the time. I started having sinus issues after that which led to a sinus infection. The doctor gave me antibiotics to combat it. I felt better when I travelled out of state for work for a couple of days during the week, but when I would come back home, I started having the same symptoms. The odor from the mattress has still not gone away. It’s been almost 2 months and the chemical smell is still very strong. I washed the foam cover and aired out my bedroom in 0 degree weather but it didn’t help. Finally I am getting it replaced by a regular coil mattress. I was curious to know what type of chemicals are in the foam, but couldn’t really find any information until I came across this page.

    41. Lynne says:

      I paid £2000 for a Tempur mattress around a month ago – since then I have developed a very unsightly itchy rash over my back and my arms and legs start to itch as soon as I get into bed. I thought maybe I had changed my laundry products without realising it……then I decided to google information about Tempur mattress allergies! I am amazed by the information that has come up about other people with similar reactions to mine….and worse. I googled Tempur before buying but it was for general reviews. I’ve never suffered from allergies previously so I had no reason
      to specifically look for Tempur allergy information.

    42. Midge says:

      I’ve had mine for about 2.5 years and went to their website to a question answer page. My first question was asking what they would recommend that might be new for someone with a very bad back and they promptly answered and posted my comment. The second post which was a reply to their comment was regarding the mattress it’s self not holding up and having deep impressions on each side was not published and in an email they said it didn’t meet company guidelines. I call that selective positioning and censorship. Now I’m finding out that the flu symptoms I have way to often could be a result of the materials used in the memory foam. This is unconscionable and the public can’t comment on their site without approval or on their fb page. I am not happy! Suggestions?

    43. sunny says:

      My sister in law died a year ago. She died from kidney failure and a heart attack. She was only 58. She bought a Tempurpedic bed about fourteen years ago and had it the whole time. I tried to warn her about offgassing. But she wouldn’t listen. After she bought the bed her health started slowly going downhill. And her husband started having trouble at work. He was not able to handle stress any longer and had to go on disability. I watched her go from being in okay health to having battle after battle with health issues. She started looking a lot older than she was. Then she had to quit working, etc. Granted, she was diabetic. But she was keeping it under control. I really did notice the decline after they got the bed.

    44. Michele says:

      Also wondering if the lawsuit has proceeded and how to get in on it. I purchased a mattress a year and a half ago before I knew any better and we’re still paying it off!

    45. Angela says:

      I have had my Tempurpedic cloud Luxe Breeze for just over 2 months and I haven’t had one decent nights sleep since I got it. I have actually had MORE pain since sleeping on it than I have ever had. I never experienced back pain until sleeping on this bed. Yet when I spoke to the salesman about it, after having it for a month, he said I needed to give it more time to break In. I have also been waking up with headaches very frequently. And I am now having to take medicine for insomnia because I wake up 2 or 3 times each night. I never would have considered that it might be the mattress causing all these issues until I researched reviews on it. I am very disappointed in this because I have heard so many great things about Tempurpedic mattresses. I was expecting to be one of those people that couldn’t wait to go to bed because it was so comfortable. I DREAD going to bed because it’s miserable. Luckily for me my sleep trial hasn’t ended. So I will definitely be returning this mattress for one that won’t ruin my “sleep” life.

    46. Tracey Perritt says:

      My husband and I have had a tempurpedic mattress for about 5 years now. He began to have a lot of shoulder pain. He has been receiving shots to relieve the pain in both shoulders. For the past 6 months, I have had extreme shoulder pain, one shoulder is frozen; so I began to sleep on the other shoulder, now I have pain in both. We never had these issues before. I am so upset, that I am seriously thinking about suing the company. Anybody else having these kind of problems with their mattress?

    47. JT says:

      I read with great interest in your 12-13-13 article. Has the class action lawsuit finally gone to court? If yes was there a decision? I recently purchased a Tempurpedic mattress and I am experiencing breathing and/or lung problems. They go away when I leave my apartment for a few hours. I have tried to air out the mattress by opening the windows most of the day for 5 days(it’s winter here), but the oder/fumes don’t seem to dissipate very much. I wish I would have read these warnings before buying. Now I have to deal with the retailer and probably have to incur the additional cost of an attorney. All of that just for trying to buy a new bed. Caveat emptor!

      • sunny says:

        JT, I have multiple chemical sensitivities. I am like the canary in the mine when it comes to chemical offgassing, perfumes, soft rubber products, volatile organic compounds, etc. I cannot tolerate many things like fabric softener, perfume, new carpet, smelly rubber bands, etc… I have no perfumes in my house. I use baking soda and vinegar to clean my home.

        The truth is that since the chemical bond in petroleum was broken during WWII there have been inorganic products made that the human body is not able to tolerate. Most people go about their daily business in a chemical soup of pollutants and never notice it. But there are still deleterious effects upon their auto immune system. With a chemically toxic mattress like Tempurpedic, you are sleeping on top of a chemical concoction that most certainly will permeate your system. I advise you to look into natural latex mattresses or futons. Our bodies did not have to deal with petrochemical products from the beginning of humanity. Now, in the space of a few decades we are dousing ourselves with toxins. We are not made for this. If you are having breathing problems consider it a blessing because it will compel you to find a safer mattress.

    48. N.O. says:

      I had no idea how toxic the off gassing of the Tempurpedic was, we have had the bed for 25 days and it still stinks. I now have stomach cramps, headaches, rash, metal taste in my mouth and a very lethargic feeling. Now I am fighting tempurpedic and sit n sleep to return it. A 100% latex mattress seems to be the best option if you want to avoid harmful chemicals. As a cancer survivor I say Shame on Tempurpedic for continuing to sell this cancer causing mattress!!!!!

    49. Janice Lloyd says:

      My 30 year old daughter passed away in her sleep one month ago. After an autopsy the coroner’s report lists the cause of death as asphyxiation from a memory foam mattress. Testing is still being done to determine if toxicity from the mattress played a part in her death. She was a stomach sleeper. I believe at the very least there should be a warning against sleeping on your stomach on these mattresses. We are devastated by her death. We are not sure yet how to pursue this but we think that something needs to be done to save others from the experience we have had.

    50. Lester says:

      My wife and I are going to get a tempur pedic mattress today!! What should we do? I am sensitive to out-gassing (headaches, nausea). Is tempurpedic really that bad or is this the 1.5 percent who have hyper reactions to the outgassing. I have not been able to find any studies regarding the VOC exposure of this product. Anything scientific out there or is this subjective?

      • Organic Girl says:

        Lester, I have been researching the Chemicals that are in the Tempur. Benzene’s and Formaldehydes are used, in several different formulations. I want you to think really hard about what you are deciding to place in a confined space such as your bedroom where you will be spending 1/3 of your life in. Petroleum and other chemicals are the major components in their formulation and then add the FR chemicals- It seems to me that this is just a molitie cocktail for disease, and cancer. * I also want to make it CLEAR to everyone reading this… THE GOVERNMENT does not regulate chemicals UNTIL they are found or PROVEN to be Hazardous. Before the EPA can require companies to test their chemicals, it must prove they pose unreasonable risks and could expose the public in large amounts. The Government Accountability Office calls this the “burden of proof” rule

    51. Debra says:

      I had dizziness thru the morning and middle of the night shortly after buying our new temperpedic mattress and pillow. I thought the pillow was two firm so i went back to the old one
      a half year later, i have been breaking out in body rashes. During the summer i sweat horribly in the bed and need to change the sheets every few days.
      i cant just buy a new bed!

    52. Jim Wyland says:

      Am I able to get a list of materials and/or chemicals used to make the Tempurpedic Cloud Luxe mattress? I would like try and determine, through a local allergist, if I am in fact allergic to any of the materials, chemicals, or gasses/vapors given off by the mattress. I too have been experiencing chronic hive-like symptoms, including burning sensations and itching, etc. over the last 5 months. Thanks in advance for your information.

      Jim Wyland

      • Mattress Journal says:

        Hello Jim,

        The best bet would probably be contacting Tempurpedic directly. However, many manufacturers (especially Tempur) consider the formulas trade secret and do not disclose many details about the ingredients. Ingredients and chemicals can vary significantly in polyurethanes, so it’s hard to say for certain, though you can get a rough idea of components on Wikipedia’s memory foam page.

      • Michelle says:

        I believe the formaldehyde that is released by memory foam mattresses can cause allergies.

    53. Rhona says:

      I am so angry at all the symptoms I have since I have my foam mattress. I’ve had two kidney infections and have never had any kind of problem like this. One kidney is often throbbing and I have to use a remedy – fortunately I know a natural one.

      My skin is full of pimples mostly on my back, but arms too and neck and face to some degree

      I have a rash on my neck.

      I am a health nut and have done detox and my work is physical fitness and detox.

      When I went away a few months ago all my symptoms cleared up in a few days..

      I paid around 1000. for my mattress

      I will sue.

      I have some other symptoms too like palpitations and dizziness and sometimes waking up with a sore throat

    54. Jakie says:

      I’ve been getting sick for the last two and a half years (about the time I started sleeping on our tempupedic) and couldn’t figure out why. I just had blood work done. My doctor said I had the liver of someone who drinks half a bottle of whiskey every day and I rarely drink. When I do it’s not whiskey, usually a glass of wine, but only about once a month. He asked if I had been around high concentrations of chemicals. I mentioned the tempurpedic, his eyes got wide and told me this could very well be causing my liver issues. It’s really upsetting to know the high priced bed we bought might be causing me serious illness! How does one join this class action lawsuit?

    55. sophie says:


      i am just wondering if this has gone to trial and what the outcome is? we have a tempur mattress so i am quite interested in this as i have never noticed an odour from it at all?

      • Mattress Journal says:

        It doesn’t look like there’s been any major news about this lawsuit yet; there was a motion to dismiss that was denied, but its still proceeding forward. We’ll update this article if there’s a resolution announced. Thanks for reading!

    56. Lisandra Martinez says:

      I have been very sick during the past six months with extreme dizziness, headaches and nerve issues. After visiting specialists and not knowing what was causing my problem i happen to stay at a hotel and sleep in a different bed. I then noticed i felt a lot better. Since then, I realized my memory foam pillow must be the problem. After researching I have come across all this info which is new to me. What should my next step be? Should i contact a lawyer? How can i test if the pillow is the problem?

      • Mattress Journal says:

        Hi, thanks for reading! We aren’t qualified to give you legal advice, but many lawyers offer free consultations and would be able to tell you if you have a case. The best way to test if your pillow is contributing to health issues would be to remove it, and use a neutral pillow for a few weeks instead. A hypoallergenic poly/cotton pillow or a natural latex pillow would make a good “control” test since these should not have strong chemical odors. You may also wish to document your experience and any improvements if you plan on pursuing it.

        • Bob Petersen says:

          I had this tempurpedic pillow for awhile now since February 2011. It was okay until now, recently, I started getting sick on early September 2015. I would have itchy throat and makes me cough real bad. Some times all day long. Went to my doctor and treated me for allergy. Time went by it didnot help. It keeps waking me up any where from 2 to 5 am by coughing. In the morning when I get up I would feel terrible and have post nasal drip, itchy throat, cough real bad and sometimes my taste is terrible. Agan time went by and I ask myself what the hell is going on. Every time I go out side the house I would feel better and inside the house away from my bedroom. Switch my Tempurpedic pillows and use my older pillows and just one night it was a big changed. No itchy throat and coughing. I am going to give it a full week and see the progress. I guess the Tempurpedic material is bracking down to microscopic compounds or fibers that is making me sick recently. I hope this information helps other people. Let me know if this can develop a case.

    57. Terri says:

      I have a temperpedic bed for several years. Do they continually off gas?

      • Mattress Journal says:


        Off-gassing odors are usually most noticeable in the first couple weeks, as the majority of the “volatile” compounds responsible for the odors will have broken down during that time. I don’t think there has been any official studies testing the issue specifically with foams but it is possible that minor amounts of VOCs could continue to off-gas for the life of the product. However, at this time the EPA considers finished polyurethane chemically inert and safe. It will be interesting to see how this is determined if this goes to trial. Thanks for reading!

        • Robert Haverlock says:

          Yes but? This could be a trigger issue. Isocynates can linger for years, foam in building materials have been making people sick, long after installations.

          Manufacturers have to, have to tell the public what important information about the contents of their products and have a responsibility to be accountable for things they make. Share all assumptions, methodology, data and analysis. And we should reward manufacturers who fully disclose contents and processes to allow for meaningful analysis.

    58. redentor m videna says:

      I have some health issues regarding my tempur pedic bed which I bought in Jan 2012. They are offering me a refund less some deductions for use and shipping fee but they want me to waive all my claims in the future against the compamy Should I sign the documents or could I be included in the class action suit.

      • Mattress Journal says:

        We definitely aren’t qualified to give legal advice, however the amount awarded in class action lawsuits is often fairly minimal. You would have to use your judgement to consider which route would offer you the greatest potential benefit and satisfaction and/or consult with legal counsel to see which makes the most sense for your situation. Thanks for stopping by!

      • Amy says:

        Did you contact the retailer or Tempurpedic?

      • Traci Griffin says:

        What did u do to get them to offer u a refund? Please let me know what I need to do.

      • Amy says:

        Who did you contact to get a refund?

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