CINCINNATI (FOX19) - After three years of testing, Proctor & Gamble released on Tuesday new Tide Pods and Gain Flings tubs with child-proof packaging.
The brightly-colored Pods have been making headlines for years after children have accidentally ingested them and then suffer serious, sometimes fatal consequences.
These new child-resistant tubs have a "Child Guard" feature that requires individuals to squeeze both sides of the lid and twist at the same time.
"Knowing that access is a key factor in accidental exposures," said Sundar Raman North America Vice President of Fabric Care for P&G. "We've made the new Child-Guard tub easy to close, but harder to open so parents and caregivers can both conveniently and safely store the product, further driving down accidents."
Cincinnati-based P&G previously added a bitter substance to the Pods outer film and increased PODs film strength to delay the release of its contents.
The new Child-Guard tubs will be in stores this summer and widely available by the end of the year, the company says.