Massive payout for 'toxic sofa' victims
The Home Retail Group (parent of Argos) and Walmsleys are among companies who have been ordered by a stern-wigged judge to pay as much as £20 million to 2,000 people who were burned by anti-fungal agents in the Chinese-made sofas. Further compensation could be on its way as another 2,500 cases will be heard next month.
As many as 100,000 ‘toxic sofas’ had sachets of "highly sensitising" fungicidal chemical dimethyl fumarate (DMF) inside them, in an attempt to stop them from going mouldy while in storage. But the sachets turned into a gas that burned through clothes and on to skin. Horrific stuff when all you want to do is sit down, relax and watch Come Dine With Me.
DMF has now been banned in the EU, although the companies that have been fined are expected to appeal.