Wolchek investigation sparks action by senator

When someone advertises something as "custom made" you might think that it was pretty special, in a good way. But three years ago, Problem Solver Rob Wolchek did a story about "custom made" mattresses that surprised a lot of people in a bad way. So a Michigan lawmaker is trying to change the law.

State Senator Morris Hood III is taking action into a story we first featured on a dirty little secret of the mattress industry. To see the previous story, CLICK HERE for the story.

"We saw the story you did a while back regarding mattresses and how they were using used components," Senator Hood says. "I just thought that was a huge disgrace."

The state senator was disgusted when he saw a story the 2012 story about mattresses advertised as "custom made." The mattresses looked new, but inside, they contained old material.

In 2012, we were with the Wayne County Health Inspector when we cut into them. Inside, we found rusty springs and old bedding material. 

So, we tracked down the factory where these "custom made" beds were made. Piles of dirty old beds were stripped and then transformed into ones that looked new on the showroom floor.

They're called refurbished mattresses. Senator Hood sure didn't like the way they were advertised.  

Senate Bill 107 will be an addition to the Michigan Consumer Protection Law that would forbid selling, offering or advertising for sale a mattress as new or custom made if that mattress is made from a used mattress or includes materials or components from a used mattress.  

"What it says is that you can't sell it as a custom mattress or a new mattress. Right now the consumer has no course of action. 

They bought it, pretty much," Senator Hood said.

Selling refurbished mattresses is legal in Michigan and that's probably not going to change, but the Senator hopes Michiganders will sleep better knowing they're protected against a sneaky sale.

Hood delivered the bill Wednesday to the Senate and is looking for a co-sponsor.
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