The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has received several hundred complaints regarding drywall that was manufactured in China and shipped to the United States in 2006. The defective drywall produces a sulfuric odor, similar to the smell of rotten eggs, and causes metal fixtures, appliances, and jewelry in the home to corrode. Home owners have reported experiencing eye irritation, sinus problems, and respiratory ailments as a result of the contaminated drywall.
Testing conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revealed that the tainted Chinese drywall contains a high level of strontium sulfide and organic compounds inherent to acrylic paint production. These compounds are not present in U.S.-made drywall. The drywall may have been manufactured with waste material called “fly ash” from scrubbers on coal-fired power plants.
Although most of the tainted drywall was installed in Florida homes, home owners across the country have filed lawsuits against the manufacturer (Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin) and sellers of Chinese drywall, claiming it was “unreasonably dangerous” for normal use because it caused corrosion to air-conditioning and electrical components in homes and caused irritation of sinuses, eyes, and throats of home owners and occupants. If you believe Chinese drywall may have been used in your home, contact the defective products lawyers at Friedman & Friedman, P.A. for a free consultation regarding your case.