If you bought laminate flooring from Lumber Liquidators in the last four years, there’s a chance you may have been exposed to unsafe levels of formaldehyde. Read on to learn about the next steps you should take.
Too much formaldehyde in Lumber Liquidators flooring?
There have been so many unsafe missteps in the housing market in the past. We’ve seen the problems with polybutylene piping; the fake wood siding on houses that manufacturers knew was defective; and the defective sheetrock that damaged people’s homes from the inside out, to name just a few.
Now we have this 60 Minutes piece about Lumber Liquidators.
Here’s the upshot: Lumber Liquidators is said to have purchased laminate flooring that contained close to 20 times the amount of formaldehyde allowable by law from several Chinese factories. A known carcinogen, formaldehyde is present in glues used in the manufacturing of flooring.
While some formaldehyde is permitted in flooring, California pioneered tight caps on how much of it could be present in the finished product, and those caps are being adopted nationwide this year.
The 60 Minutes segment has hidden video of three managers in Chinese factories fessing up to the unacceptable levels of formaldehyde in laminate flooring made for Lumber Liquidators. At least one manager also admitted to falsely labelling the flooring as CARB (California Air Resources Board) Phase 2 Compliant — meaning it follows strict standards for formaldehyde emissions in wood flooring, even though it didn’t!
The founder and chairman of Lumber Liquidators has vowed to investigate. See the video below for complete details.
What should you do next?
So this stuff could be installed in hundreds of thousands of homes around the country. As this story develops, I’ll let you know how to tell if your flooring poses a health hazard to you and what you should do about it.
In the meantime, there is a class action lawsuit against Lumber Liquidators over this issue. If you have any questions, call 1-800-538-1467 or get in touch by email at [email protected]. (Note: This lawsuit is for California residents only at this time.)
Lozeau Drury LLP — the environmental law firm behind the class action suit — says that if you’ve purchased laminate flooring from Lumber Liquidators in the past four years, you may have been exposed to high levels of formaldehyde.
I’ll keep you up to date on this page with any further next steps you need to take as this story develops.