In a class action lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Northern California, consumers allege that their Lumber Liquidators flooring is defective and may crack, split, warp, and shrink sooner than claimed in the product’s warranty. They also allege that Lumber Liquidators flooring contains significantly high levels of the carcinogen formaldehyde.
One of the named plaintiffs, a West Virginia homeowner, had 517 square feet of flooring from Lumber Liquidators installed in her living room dining room and two hallways. According to the legal complaint, she purchased the product after reviewing samples at the store and being told by a Lumber Liquidators manager that the flooring was durable, the best product available, and sold with 30-year warranty. But within a few weeks of installation, the homeowner noticed the flooring was delaminating, warping, splitting, shrinking, scratching and deteriorating in various places. The installer made four attempts to repair the floors but Lumber Liquidators would not replace the flooring.
In addition to the defects and premature wear, a March 1, 2015 segment on the CBS news magazine 60 Minutes said testing revealed that Lumber Liquidators laminate flooring manufactured in China has formaldehyde in excess of California standards. According to 60 Minutes, thousands of homes nationwide likely have the potentially defective Lumber Liquidator Chinese laminate flooring that may also be in excess of formaldehyde standards. All of the China-made flooring samples tested failed formaldehyde emission testing.
The National Cancer Institute says formaldehyde is classified as a known human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research and as a probable human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Research on workers exposed to formaldehyde reveals a potential tie between formaldehyde exposures and cancers such as leukemia and nasopharyngeal cancer.