Sleepy's Complaint - Won't Honor Warranty
I purchased a $1500 mattress from Sleepy's in January, which was delivered on January 14, 2011. When I opened the mattress bag on delivery, I found the mattress had a very strong chemical odor, which I understand is common with new mattresses. I gave it time to air out, used the ceiling fan daily, and waited for it to fade. This past week, I was able to leave the windows open due to warmer weather. Finally, after approximately five weeks, I gave up and called Sleepy's customer service because the odor is still incredibly strong. It fills my bedroom and smells strongly through the sheets and high-quality mattress cover. Much to my surprise, Sleepy's refused to help me. I insisted that I be able to speak with a managaer, and she, too, refused to address the problem. Obviously, there are chemicals in the mattress that should not be there (or not be present in the same quantity/saturation level). They are leeching out while I sleep, and it's possible they could be toxic. Nevertheless, Sleepy's insisted that this is not a "defect" but, rather, a "comfort" issue. As such, they claim that I had to report it within 30 days and exchange the mattress under their Comfort Exchange Policy (which would have cost $399 and is designed to help customers who find after sleeping on a mattress that they don't like how it feels). The mattress carries a 10-year warranty for defects, and the warranty expressly states the exclusions under the warranty. There is no exclusion for chemical odors (or any kind of odor, for that matter). Nevertheless, Sleepy's insists that limitations on the the warranty--which, of course, are not stated anywhere on the warranty card--exclude coverage for this issue. They suggested I purchase a new mattress (!), despite my having spent $1,500 buying this mattress last month, and that they would "work with me to try to get a discount" on a new mattress. I demanded to speak with their legal department, but they refused. The customer service manager would not provide me with a phone number for legal or anyone else at corporate headquarters. At this point, I anticipate my next steps will be to file complaints with the attorneys' general offices in Virginia (where I purchased the mattress) and New York (where Sleepy's is headquartered). Unless something changes very soon, I will then explore a lawsuit for violations of consumer protection statutes, false and deceptive business practices, and breach of warranties express and implied. Sleepy's has made an enormous mistake thinking I won't pursue this matter. I have never before had such a poor customer service experience. I will try to update this and other web postings as I move forward, in hopes that other consumers will not be blindsided by this company and its unscrupulous practices.