Friday, November 28, 2008
Medical Reports: Bra Flaw
Could something in a popular brand of bra be causing some serious health problems? Seven News looks into this Bra Flaw.
WSVN -- Lace and satin, a sexy bra can make a woman feel beautiful. But some women say there's nothing sexy about what their bras allegedly did to them.
Sheryl Mackey, Salem: "I started to notice something strange. You know, my breasts started to perspire, then they swelled, and I thought it was hormonal, so I ignored it. By then the rash came."
Sheryl Mackey says she got a nasty rash from wearing a Victoria's Secret bra.
Sheryl Mackey: "It was pure pain, and once it got to that point, I had to leave work because I couldn't take it anymore."
Within a week, she was at the doctor.
Sheryl Mackey: "She did her examination, and she said it was basically all located in this area, and she said it was definitely caused by the bra."
Roberta Ritter says she broke out in a painful rash and blames her bra too.
Roberta Ritter, Cleveland: "I was freaking out. I've never had a rash like that to anything, and I knew something was wrong with the bra. I just knew it."
The women say the bras come from several Victoria's Secret collections. Now they're suing, along with dozens of other women across the country. Their class action lawsuit claims the bras caused injuries including allergic reactions like itching, hives, rashes that even lead to scarring. A lawyer for the women claims the problem is in the production.
Dawn Chmielewski, attorney: "The preliminary results have demonstrated that these bras contain formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is, it's a toxic chemical."
Seven News contacted Victoria's Secret, the company saying...
Victoria's Secret, statement: "We are sorry that a handful of people have had an issue, and we want to help them determine the cause."
But goes on to say...
Victoria's Secret, statement: "While some people claim that formaldehyde is involved, we want to be clear that we do not use formaldehyde in these products."
Victoria's Secret says it will continue to sell the bras while the lawsuit is pending.
Sheryl Mackey: "Just be careful and know that if you do feel a reaction to the bras just immediately stop wearing them."
The lawsuit is scheduled to be heard in federal court, next year. Then it'll be up to a judge to decide if there really is a bra flaw.