PHILADELPHIA – A Pennsylvania woman claiming to have been disfigured by a defective canister of Redken-brand hair spray, which allegedly exploded underneath her sink when she was cleaning her bathroom, has initiated legal action against both Redken and its parent company, L’Oreal cosmetics.

Sheila A. Jewett of Riegelsville filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on March 1 versus Redken 5th Avenue N.Y.C., LLC, L’Oreal USA, Inc., L’Oreal USA Creative, Inc., L’Oreal USA Products, Inc. and L’Oreal USA S/D, Inc., all of New York, N.Y.


On June. 7, 2016, Jewett says she was cleaning her bathroom and in the proximity of her bathroom sink, when the Redken Guts 10 Volume Spray canister located underneath the sink exploded without warning – causing numerous chemicals, small particles and shards from the interior of the can to be expelled and embedded into the plaintiff’s face, skin and in the bathroom itself.

As a result, Jewett allegedly suffered permanent facial disfigurement, chemical exposure and corneal abrasions, tinnitus, ear ringing, cervical spine injuries and lumbar spine injuries, among a long list of medical maladies.

Jewett avers the defendants issued a recall for its Redken Guts 10 Volume Spray product canisters in April 2011, on account of the interior lining gradually corroding to a point where it could explode, and that the canister which injured her was included in the recall.

Jewett claims the defendants created or designed a product which posed a danger to its users, failed to remedy the canister’s dangerous condition and failed to take all measures necessary to protect its customers from foreseeable risk of injury, in addition to numerous other allegations.

For counts of negligence, strict liability and breach of warranty, the plaintiff is seeking damages, jointly and severally, in excess of $50,000, plus interest, costs and punitive damages as set forth above.

The plaintiff is represented by Matthew P. Hoover of Grim Biehn & Thatcher, in Perkasie.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 180203104

From the Pennsylvania Record: Reach Courts Reporter Nicholas Malfitano at

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