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Florida Woman Sues Over Defective Fragrance

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (CN)- A Florida woman filed a federal class action against the owner of the Bath & Body Works brand, claiming the vehicle fragrance product it markets under the "Scentportables" name is defective.

In a complaint filed Friday in the federal court in Jacksonville, Kira Zander claims L Brands Inc. failed to warn customers that Scentportable refills may "leak or melt, thus releasing the harsh chemicals contained therein and damaging consumers' personal property."

Zander says she purchased several Scentportables from her local Bath & Body Works in June 2016, and attached one, as per its design, to a dashboard air conditioning vent in her car.

She says less than a month later, the Scentportable melted and leaked onto the console, causing such significant damage that she now has to replace it.

Zander says she would not have bought the Scentportable if she had known of the risk the product posed to her car and other property.

"While defendant warns the Fragrance Refills contain liquids which can irritate an individual's eyes, and that the fragrance oil should not be swallowed, nowhere on either the Scentportable Holder or the Fragrance Refill with which it is to be used does it state that the liquids can leak out of the product- even when it is being used as directed," the complaint says.

Zander goes on to cite posted complaints of others across the country about L Brands' car fragrance product.

According to the complaint, several of these consumers also said their Scentportable melted and leaked while being used per the company's instructions, damaging their vehicle consoles, car seats and steering wheels.

One worried consumer asked, " If it can destroy car paint, plastic and the vinyl on your dashboard what will it do to a human's skin, especially a child's?" the complaint says.

Zander seeks damages for unfair business practices, negligent misrepresentation, unjust enrichment, breach of implied warranty of merchantability and breach of express warranty.

She is represented by Norwood Wilner of Jacksonville, and Janine Pollack, of Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP of New York.

Representatives from L Brands did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

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