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Toxic Levels of Formaldehyde In Lumber Liquidators Laminate Flooring

Currently marketed as being extremely durable and free of defects, Lumber Liquidators laminate flooring is undergoing scrutiny for a recent class action lawsuit filed. The Chinese made laminate flooring is said to contain toxic levels of formaldehyde. While it is not illegal for lumber to contain formaldehyde, it is strictly regulated.

Out of 31 samples that CBS had tested, only one was compliant with current formaldehyde emissions standards. Some tested samples were over 13 times the limit, according to CBS.

Formaldehyde exposure may poten­tially cause a variety of symptoms and adverse health effects:

Affected Areas/Systems  Potential adverse health effects
Eyes •   Stinging, burning, or itching
•   Excessive tearing
Nose or throat •   Stinging, burning, or itching
•   Sore throat
•   Runny nose
•   Blocked sinuses
•   Sneezing
•   Cancer (human and laboratory animals)
Respi­ratory •   Chest tightness
•   Wheezing
•   Asthma
Skin •   Allergic contact dermatitis
•   Skin rashes, blisters, and flaky dry skin
Neuro­logical •   Headaches
•   Mood changes (i.e., depression, irritability)
•   Insomnia
•   Attention deficit
•   Nausea
•  Impairments in dexterity, memory, and equilibrium

Long-term exposure to high levels of formaldehyde has been associated with cancer in humans and laboratory animals. A good resource regarding Formaldehyde was produced by the Consumer Products Safety Commission.

According to the Global Community Monitor’s website, the affected flooring includes, but is not limited to, the following:

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 (SKU 10029601)
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

If you have been exposed to or own one of these products, please contact the Berke Law Firm P.A. today. We have great experience representing clients in such claims.