A baby girl and boy, ages 1-1/2 and 2, respectively, were on a comforter containing a polyster fiber-fill.


This caught fire and melted into a hot napalm-like substance which clung to the exposed hands and faces of these children. The remainder of their bodies were covered by clothing which shielded them from contact with the molten comforter. Both children have lost or injured fingers on both hands. Both children have suffered extensive and irreparable facial deformity, including complete destruction of the girl’s nose. Liability was based on the dangerous melting characteristics of the polyester fill and defendant’s knowledge of available flame retardants which would have prevented combustion if applied to the comforter.