People laugh and joke about going to jail because they removed the legal tag from their mattress…
but I have never seen a 4 year old prosecuted for doing it. So don’t panic, with that being said it is on there for a reason. Your legal tag most importantly establishes your warranty rights as a consumer. It has, the date it was manufactured and the manufacturers warranty code because many manufacturers have different warranties for different mattresses. The big 4 mattress makers Sealy, Serta, Simmons and Spring Air warranties all require preservation of the mattress tag. This means leave it on the mattress and if it comes loose or you choose to remove it, then be sure to attach it to your sales receipt. Keeping the legal tag attached to the mattress is the best chance you have of getting warranty satisfaction in the event your mattress develops a warranted defect.
As of July 1st 2007 all mattresses and mattress toppers must meet the more strict fire code 16 CFR Part 1633. The legal tag will specify that the mattress you are considering to purchase meets this code. The law was put into affect to save people from injury or possible death due to smoking in bed and other such accidental fires. Older mattresses will not have this level of safety and the tag assures you of that in the event of a fire. Another benefit of the label is that there is now a way for manufacturers who are required to recall mattresses and or foundations can do so, for example if they fail to meet the new fire testing guidelines. Without the tag there is virtually no way to recall the mattress in such an event.
Reasons for not removing mattress label
Some mattresses might have cleaning recommendations that can be helpful to the consumer if their mattress becomes soiled. There is often a set of instructions that describes the process including explicit do’s and don’ts that in the event you stain your mattress you can clean it so that the mattress may be able to pass a stain inspection in the event of a warranty claim. Truly this could be a costly lesson you don’t want to learn the hard way so not only do the important things like using a mattress pad, protector, and sheets but “Save The Mattress Label” for all of the reasons your didn’t think of. The moral of the story is “Think twice before you remove the legal tag from your mattress after all what is it really hurting and in the end if a real problem were to arise you want a smooth and painless way to proceed through the situation and leaving your label attached is the best way to achieve that because with out it the only real cost will end up on you the customer.