April 24, 2015 — An investigation by WFMY has found customers who are joining lawsuits against Lumber Liquidators because they do not trust the free formaldehyde home-testing kit providing by the flooring retailer.
One man, Dennis Winkler, has already removed all Lumber Liquidators flooring from his home. He said he plans on joining the lawsuit because he does not trust the test kit:
“Well the test kit they sent, no disrespect, made by Mickey Mouse or whatever … It was an air test kit. Well, the formaldehyde’s in the wood. My issue is to have them held accountable.”
Earlier this year, an report by 60 Minutes found evidence that Lumber Liquidators was boosting profits by using cheap, Chinese-made laminate wood flooring that contained high amounts of formaldehyde.
Investigators also recorded employees at Chinese mills who admitted mislabeling the flooring as compliant with California’s emissions limits.
Lumber Liquidators has provided about 10,000 free home-testing kits to consumers who became concerned about their floors after the 60 Minutes report aired on March 1, 2015.
However, not all consumers trust the kit. Several people from California have filed a lawsuit accusing Lumber Liquidators of using unaccredited labs to evaluate the test kits, and therefore mislead consumers about the safety of their floors.