Sunscreen SPF Lawsuit Attorney
Kentucky Class Action Lawyer Handling Product Liability Cases
The Consumer Reports National Research Center, perhaps the nation’s most trusted source for independent research on all sorts of consumer products, has concluded that the majority of sunscreens on the market do not meet their advertised SPF (Sun Protection Factor) ratings. Through an extensive study that tested 1,000 subjects who had used varying types of sunscreen, Consumer Reports determined that “natural” sunscreens were the least effective in protecting people from the sun. Some sunscreens were only 16% as effective as their SPF rating claimed.
[View the full report from Consumer Reports here.]
In reaction to the false advertising, consumers across the country are demanding compensation. Some people just want their money back for all the sunscreen they have purchased throughout the years. In other situations, consumers may require compensation for medical bills related to skin-related diseases and deficiencies caused by exposure to the sun, something they thought their sunscreen would protect them from.
If you believe you are owed money a sunscreen manufacturer, talk to our Kentucky product liability attorney from Brett H. Oppenheimer, PLLC and ask about opting into or starting a sunscreen class action. Call (502) 242-8877 or schedule a free consultation online now.
CVS & Banana Boat Brand Sunscreens May Be Ineffective
Out of all the sunscreens Consumer Reports tested, only 58% of chemical-based sunscreens met their advertised SPF ratings and just 26% of “natural” sunscreens met the SPF standard listed on their packaging.
Two brands stood out as poor performers and are the focus of class actions:
- Banana Boat Kids Tear-Free, Sting-Free SPF 50
- CVS Kids Sun Lotion (SPF 50)
Even though both of the aforementioned products claim to have an SPF 50 rating, Consumer Reports found that they registered at only 8 SPF, or 84% less effective than advertised. An SPF rating number is the multiplicative representation as how long the average person can stay out in the sun when wearing that sunscreen without getting burned compared to if they had no sunscreen on at all. For example: SPF 50 means you should be able to stay out 50 times longer in the sun than if you had not used it at all.
Why Sunscreen SPF Numbers are Misrepresented
Consumer Reports has found that natural sunscreen, which are generally based on titanium dioxide or zinc oxide particles, do not apply to the skin cohesively. Rather than making one single protective layer on the user’s skin, they break up into countless microscopic spots, allowing the sun to slip through and cause a serious sunburn. Both CVS and Banana Boat representatives have stated that they and the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) have tested their products repeatedly and found that they meet the SPF ratings advertised. It is possible that they have not conducted real-world tests as Consumer Reports has and are basing their results on ideal lab conditions, which is understandably misleading to consumers.
Don’t Miss Your Chance to Get Compensation!
The ability to file a class action against product manufacturers is often a limited window. If you have been misled by CVS or Banana Boat sunscreens due to inaccurate SPF rating levels, you need to call (502) 242-8877 now and talk to Kentucky Class Action Attorney Brett H. Oppenheimer about your own sunscreen SPF lawsuit.