CPSC duped by
innerspring mattress industry
Mattress Manufacturers Association) went to the CPSC and asked for this law.
This should tell you something.
We can only speculate
ISPA’s real reasons for wanting this law, but it seems clear the law will
increase their revenue on the same number of unit sales, put specialty beds
at a disadvantage compared to steel springs, and protect their turf from
imports and smaller competition with high testing and compliance costs.
It may also be a battle
between innerspring mattresses invented in 1871, and newer foam mattresses
that have recently grown to over 20% of the market. It is relatively simple
for innerspring mattress manufacturers who use quilted tickings to comply
with the law. They simply replace standard polyester batting quilted under
the ticking with polyester batting mixed with Modacrylic (with Antimony
Oxide) fibers. It is more costly for companies like Tempur-Pedic who use
thin unquilted tickings to maximize the comfort of the bed. They must now
add a barrier at a larger additional cost that may also take away from the
comfort of the beds.
Look at Tempur-Pedic
with recent sales of over 600 million, and now projecting over 800 million
for next year. Plus look at all the Tempur knock-offs.
Sealy is about 1.2
billion, Simmons about 800 million, Serta about 700 million, and Spring Air
about 450 million in sales. It is no longer the four big ‘S’ brands. Now a
‘T” brand is reaching a number two or three spot in market share.
Leggett & Platt, a multi
billion-dollar company also benefits from this law. They supply 93% of all
the innerspring units used by all the mattress brands. They want to keep
people sleeping on steel springs, which are relatively easier to fire proof
than alternative sleep systems. Plus they will sell more metal wire
foundations and put smaller suppliers of built-up wood foundations out of
business, including Amish suppliers.
Interestingly, Leggett &
Platt, Sealy, and Serta all recently withdrew their membership from ISPA. It
appears there is some dissention within ISPA over this law as smaller
manufacturers are realizing it could hurt their business, could harm public
health, and create legal liabilities from people harmed by the chemicals
required in mattresses under the new law.
Plus, big chemical
companies including DuPont, Owens Corning, GE, and barrier suppliers are
licking their lips in anticipation of new revenues under the new law. They
also try to tell you their systems are safe. In fact, there are huge risks
that need to be considered.
The CPSC is being duped
by the interests of big business pushing for this law for their own benefit.
This is about money, not saving lives.