March 30, 2015 — A woman from South Carolina believes toxic flooring from Lumber Liquidators is responsible for making her family sick for the last three years, according to a report by local news ABC 6.
The report highlighted the plight of Jessica Young, who had laminate wood flooring from Lumber Liquidators installed in her home three years ago. The same product was installed in her mother’s home.
A few weeks after the installation, Young says her husband and kids fell ill with respiratory problems. Her mother also got sick. Despite numerous trips to the doctor’s office and hospitals, she was never given a diagnosis.
Then, Young saw a national news program about formaldehyde in laminate flooring. After doing some research, she found that the flooring in her home was on a website listing products. She is now waiting for laboratory test results for formaldehyde levels in her flooring.
If the test results show toxic levels of formaldehyde, she wants the flooring out of her home:
“In my gut it was like that has to be it, because nothing else none of our doctors specialists have been able to give us an explanation. I want to know who is responsible for getting it out.”
Last week, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) opened an investigation into Lumber Liquidators. The company is accused of selling Chinese-made laminate wood flooring with toxic levels of formaldehyde. Employees at some mills admitted mislabeling products as compliant with California’s emissions standards for formaldehyde.
Lumber Liquidators says investigators are using unfair tests to determine formaldehyde emissions. The concerns are based on “deconstructive” tests, which take a finished board, rip off the surface, and test emissions from the core. When the laminate surface is intact, it helps seal in formaldehyde gas over a longer period of time.