U by Kotex Recall
Kimberly-Clark issued a recall for some U by Kotex tampons after a “quality related defect” has caused the tampons to unravel or come apart inside of consumers’ bodies leaving pieces behind. The defect has caused a number of consumers to seek medical attention in order to remove the pieces left inside their bodies. There also has been a small number of reports of infection, vaginal irritation, localized vaginal injury, and other symptoms.
The recall is only in regards to regular-absorbency U by Kotex Sleek tampons that have been produced within the last two years, or from October 7, 2016 to October 16, 2018. This type of tampon was sold in 18-count, 34-count, and 3-count packages. It can also be found in 34-count multipacks of various types of tampons. More than 200 separate lots, identified by numbers on the package, are included in the recall. However, it is not clear how many individual packages of the recalled product have been sold.
If you have a box of U by Kotex tampons, you can check to see whether the product is included in the recall by looking for the lot number on the bottom of the box. You can then enter the number on Kimberly-Clark’s recall website to see if the lot number has been recalled. If you have used the tampons and experienced an issue, it is encouraged that you report it to the Food and Drug Administration through their MedWatch website.
If you find that you have a defective box of tampons, you do not need to return the box to stores. Kimberly-Clark is instead encouraging consumers that have been impacted by the recall to call 1-888-255-3499 “for further instructions.” Consumers who have experienced vaginal injury (pain, bleeding, discomfort), vaginal irritation (itching or swelling) urogenital infections, or any other symptoms should immediately seek medical attention. It has been reported that the company is reimbursing people who purchased packages affected by the recall.
Manufacturing companies are responsible to keep consumers safe from malfunctioning and dangerous products. As consumers, we safely assume that the products we purchase will not cause harm or injury, however, this is not always the case. Even though we have consumer protections requiring product manufacturers to meet certain standards, this does not mean all products are safe and free of defects. If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product, the product liability attorneys at Spiros Law P.C. are ready to fight against manufacturers and distributors on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us at (815) 929-9292 to discuss your legal rights and options today.