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Lumber Liquidators Pays $13M in Fines, Faces Hundreds of Lawsuits

Lumber Liquidators is under federal scrutiny after it was revealed that Chinese-made laminate flooring imported by the company contains dangerous levels of formaldehyde.

CPSC INVESTIGATES DANGEROUS LAMINATE FLOORING

Investigations by the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) began in March 2015 after independent testing of 100 boxes of the laminate flooring revealed that all the tested products violated California’s formaldehyde emissions standards. In some cases, the products exceeded legal formaldehyde levels by 2,000%.

A follow-up investigation, conducted by 60 Minutes, found that of 31 samples of the Chinese laminate flooring, 30 exceeded California’s formaldehyde emissions standards.

The CPSC warns that the flooring poses significant long-term and short-term health risks, especially to young children who may be playing or crawling on the laminate flooring. These risks include an increased risk of cancer. The CPSC is currently weighing whether they will mandate a recall or allow for Lumber Liquidators to issue a voluntary recall.

In February 2016, Lumber Liquidators was fined $13 million for violations of the Lacey Act and for making false statements. It was revealed that the company had claimed the lumber had come from Germany when in fact the product was imported from East Asia. The company is also facing roughly 130 lawsuits from affected consumers.

EFFECTS OF FORMALDEHYDE EXPOSURE

Long-term exposure to the laminate flooring may result in:

  • Cancer
  • Asthma
  • Rash
  • Headaches
  • Changes in Mood
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Attention Deficit Disorders
  • Impaired Memory
  • Impaired Dexterity
  • Impaired Breathing
  • Wheezing and Coughing
  • Respiratory Reactions
  • Eye Irritation
  • Nose Irritation
  • Sinus Irritation
LIST OF AFFECTED LUMBER LIQUIDATOR PRODUCTS

According to reports, the following Lumber Liquidator products are known to have high levels of formaldehyde:

  • 8 mm Bristol County Cherry Laminate Flooring
  • 8 mm Dream Home Nirvana French Oak Laminate Flooring
  • 12 mm Dream Home Kensington Manor Antique Bamboo Laminate Flooring
  • 12 mm Dream Home St. James Oceanside Plank Bamboo Laminate Flooring
  • 12 mm Dream Home Kensington Manor Warm Springs Chestnut Laminate Flooring
  • 15 mm Dream Home St. James Sky Lakes Pine Laminate Flooring
  • 12 mm Dream Home Ispiri Chimney Tops Smoked Oak Laminate Flooring
  • 12 mm Dream Home Kensington Manor Imperial Teak Laminate Flooring
  • 12 mm Dream Home St. James Vintner’s Reserve Laminate Flooring
  • 12 mm Dream Home Kensington Manor Cape Doctor Laminate Flooring
  • 12 mm Dream Home St. James Cumberland Mountain Oak Laminate Flooring
  • 12 mm Dream Home Ispiri Americas Mission Olive Laminate Flooring
  • 12 mm Dream Home Kensington Manor Glacier Peak Poplar Laminate Flooring
  • 12 mm Dream Home Kensington Manor Golden Teak Laminate Flooring
  • 12 mm Dream Home Kensington Manor Handscraped Imperial Teak Laminate Flooring
  • 12 mm Dream Home Kensington Manor Handscraped Summer Retreat Teak Laminate Flooring
  • 12 mm Dream Home Kensington Manor Sandy Hills Hickory Laminate Flooring
  • 12 mm Dream Home Kensington Manor Tanzanian Wenge Laminate Flooring
  • 8 mm Dream Home Nirvana Royal Mahogany Laminate Flooring
  • 12 mm Dream Home St. James Blacksburg Barn Board Laminate Flooring
  • 12 mm Dream Home St. James Brazilian Koa Laminate Flooring
  • 12 mm Dream Home St. James Golden Acacia Laminate Flooring
  • 12 mm Dream Home Ispiri Poplar Forest Oak Laminate Flooring
  • 12 mm Dream Home Kensington Manor Fumed African Ironwood Laminate Flooring
  • 12 mm Dream Home St. James African Mahogany Laminate Flooring
  • 12 mm Dream Home St. James Chimney Rock Charcoal Laminate Flooring
  • 12 mm Dream Home St. James Nantucket Beech Laminate Flooring

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