KCMA learned late yesterday that on May 6th, 2016, a class action lawsuit was filed against home improvement retailer, Lowe’s Cos. Inc. and flooring manufacturer, Armstrong World Industries, Inc., accusing the two of selling and manufacturing laminate flooring containing "dangerous levels of formaldehyde."
The complaint, led by a couple residing in Florida, stated that the flooring they purchased from Lowe’s contained formaldehyde levels that “far exceed” the maximums allowed by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
CARB allows concentrations of formaldehyde at between .05 to .13 parts per million, but the samples, 12mm high-gloss flooring in Woodland Walnut from Lowe’s, submitted to the lab showed levels of .22 to .27 parts per million, according to the complaint.
The plaintiffs allege Armstrong and Lowes acted “fraudulently, willfully and knowingly, and in total disregard for the rights, health and well-being of the plaintiffs and class.” Further, the plaintiff attorney Anthony Garcia of AG law stated that the flooring company did not adequately test the product.
Armstrong denies that it has shorted safety measures and follows its own certification guidelines as well as state and federal laws. Armstrong has reported that they perform regular and random tests on their products at independent labs to ensure compliance with CARB and OSHA requirements.
To read the entire complaint, click here.