Formaldehyde Was Dangerous in Furniture. Now We Have Lumber Liquidators and Class Action Lawsuit

When I was contributing to Business Insider, I wrote an article about how your furniture could be making you sick thanks to globalization. Imported furniture from some nations had a large coating of formaldehyde on them. The article was pretty much ignored, even by Business Insider editors.

Well, now, there is a class action lawsuit filed in Las Vegas alleging that flooring from Lumber Liquidators could be making you sick as well. It does not surprise me, as much of the flooring is imported as well.

My daughter and her son-in-law have a hobby of walking through expensive new homes, and my daughter is very sensitive to formaldehyde. It flat makes her sick. Turns out, she has seen studs used to frame houses and commented that they are being coated in formaldehyde as well. That could be a big problem when it comes to living in a finished house.

But flooring is really toxic, and I had commented to her that many houses literally make your eyes burn when you walk into them. That burning stays with you if you buy that house. I complained to my daughter that it was the flooring, and she had not thought that flooring could give off such toxicity.

Well, in the light of these new lawsuits, it appears very likely that flooring is making people sick. One fellow said he got pnuemonia from installing toxic flooring.

While all that will work itself out in the courts, be very careful what you buy. Check the framing in the new construction around your chosen house. Check the flooring, especially laminate flooring. Watch out for the furniture, especially with dark finishes and red cherry finishes. If it doesn't pass the sniff test, don't buy it.

We live in a world where clearly unacceptable levels of formaldehyde is making it to American shores. 60 Minutes ran a story showing formaldehyde levels exceeding 20 times what is allowed, is making it to US shores.

The lawsuit in Las Vegas requires Lumber Liquidators to test and verify rather than to be trusted. The lawsuit alleges that Lumber Liquidators can no longer be trusted. As I said, this all will be worked out in court, but my opinion has been clear long before the 60 Minutes story.My article, with quote below, was written almost 3 years ago.

Here is a quote from my article on Business Insider. Notice that this criticism of furniture can also be applied to almost any building materials now:

So, what happens if this is the only furniture you can afford? Well, there are safe coat applications that are formaldehyde free, and they can be applied to seal the toxins in. You can google the location of these products.

Globalization killed our pets, and I won't buy any dog food that is made in China. I buy other things made in China, but not dog food. The same thing is happening to children, with an assault by furniture that could cause ear infections and worse.

Like I say, there is not a lot of documented evidence, just my own family's experience being sensitive to formaldehyde. For many people, this is likely not a big issue, but for others it is a health issue that is critical.

Furniture is a latecomer to imports. So maybe these issues can get resolved soon. But if not, buyers need to take caution. Failure to do so could result in all kinds of illnesses that could be misdiagnosed as chronic fatigue, etc.

And China is not the only culprit when it comes to excessive formaldehyde. Other nations in Asia are exceeding standards as well, as my article pointed out. I urge you to read the entire article.
Globalization has serious perils. Someone in the USA responsible for quality keeps dropping the ball. Boycott these toxic products for the sake of your health and be wary of our system for stopping bad products from reaching our shores. 

If you have furniture, safe coat can help. But that won't help you with your framed walls and I am not sure if it will help with floors.


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