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800+ Chinese Drywall Complaints Made to CPSC

Jul 31, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP

Chinese drywall complaints to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) have now surpassed 800.  According to an update on the CPSC's website, Chinese drywall problems have cropped up in at least 23 states.

For months now, we have reported on homeowner complaints regarding Chinese drywall. Earlier this year, tests conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency revealed that Chinese-manufactured drywall contained elevated levels of strontium sulfide, as well as several organic compounds associated with the production of acrylic paint which were not present in samples of U.S.-made drywall.

According to the CPCS, most of the 810 Chinese drywall complaints it has received since last December have come from Florida (621).  The state with the second highest count is Louisiana (105).  Others have come from consumers in Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and the District of Columbia.

Consumers largely report that their homes were built in 2006 to 2007, when an unprecedented increase in new construction occurred in part due to the hurricanes of 2004 and 2005, the CPSC said.  Common features of the reports submitted to the CPSC from homes believed to contain problem  Chinese drywall have been:

  • reports of  a "rotten egg" smell in homes.
  • reports of health concerns such as irritated and itchy eyes and skin, difficulty in breathing, persistent cough, bloody noses, runny noses, recurrent headaches, sinus infection, and asthma attacks.
  • reports of blackened and corroded metal components in homes and the frequent replacement of components in air conditioning units

It’s estimated that more than 500 million pounds of possibly deficient Chinese drywall entered America between 2004 and 2008. An Associated Press report said that was enough material to build about 100,000 homes.

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