A Lumber Liquidators Defective Flooring class action has been filed, alleging the company sold flooring with dangerous levels of formaldehyde, which violates the state of California safety regulations. But last week, The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced it is going to formally investigate whether the flooring product is a safety risk.
There are no national standards on formaldehyde emissions. The federal Environmental Protection Agency has proposed rules to limit them, but the regulations have not been put into effect, according to the New York Times.
According to one lawsuit, Lumber Liquidators told customers the flooring’s formaldehyde emissions met California air-quality standards, when they did not. California testing removes the top layer of a board and tests the core of a product for formaldehyde, which is a common preservative used in a number of products, including clothing. It is found in the glue of laminate flooring.
Lumber Liquidators, one of the largest discount flooring retailers in the US, argued that the California test is flawed because its product should be tested without removing the top layer, like other products are tested.
In a disclosure filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (March 2, 2015), Lumber Liquidators believes the 60 Minutes report “used an improper test method in its reporting that is not included in CARB’s regulations and does not measure a product according to how it is actually used by consumers… Our chairman addressed the differences and our position on the test methodology but 60 Minutes chose not to include it.”
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The US Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Elliot F. Kaye said products dating back to 2012 will be investigated and results will likely be released in the coming months. Meanwhile, Lumber Liquidators has offered free testing and said it would consider replacing some floors. And more Lumber Liquidators lawsuits are being filed nationwide.