After watching the “60 Minutes” report on Lumber Liquidators earlier this month, a South Carolina woman feels her family’s respiratory problems may have been caused by formaldehyde in the company’s laminate flooring.
What’s the Problem?
Three years ago, Jessica Young and her husband purchased laminate wood flooring from Lumber Liquidators and installed it in their Aiken County home. Weeks later, the entire family began suffering from unexplained respiratory problems.
After viewing the “60 Minutes” exposé on March 1, Young says she researched the type of flooring that was in her home and found it listed on the Lumber Liquidators website. She sent a piece of the floor off for testing, and although the results haven’t come back yet, she wants to know what’s been causing her family’s illnesses.
“We saw the national news story about flooring maybe having toxic levels of formaldehyde, and you know that can cause respiratory problems, and you know different health problems,” Young said. “It was almost relief because it was like maybe this is answer, maybe this is what’s been causing my husband’s problems and my children’s respiratory problems.”
In addition to having the suspect flooring in their home, Young said they installed it at her mother’s house, and within weeks she was sick.
“In my gut it was like that has to be it, because nothing else none of our doctors specialists have been able to give us an explanation,” she said. “I want to know who is responsible for getting it out.”