Product Liability

Composite decking materials recalled

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Louisiana-Pacific Corp. of Nashville, Tenn. announced a voluntary recall of composite decking material and decks made with the recalled material after receiving numerous reports of injuries associated with deterioration of the decking.

The recalled products include approximately 48 million linear feet of Louisiana-Pacific composite deck board and railing sold under the brand names LP WeatherBest®, ABTCo, and Veranda®. Products sold under the Veranda® name are manufactured by multiple companies, but only the materials made by Louisiana-Pacific are included in the recall.

According to the CPSC, the decking materials, which are designed to look like real wood but offer better weather resistance, are prone to deteriorate prematurely and break unexpectedly. The product defect poses a threat to consumers, who can fall through the decking and suffer serious injuries.

The CPSC has received 37 reports of the composite decks breaking, resulting in 14 injuries. A broken wrist, sprained ankle, and various lacerations and bruises were among the injuries reported to the agency.

The recalled decking was sold at various construction product dealers. The Veranda® brand was sold only at Home Depot stores. The products sold nationwide from January 2005 to August 2008 for a cost of $1.50 – $2.25 per linear foot.

Consumers with decks made of the recalled materials should contact Louisiana-Pacific immediately. The company will arrange a free inspection and provide a free replacement if it finds evidence of premature deterioration. Louisiana-Pacific can be reached toll free Monday through Friday at 888-325-1184 between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pacific Time. A website with information about the recall can be viewed by going to http://www.deckingnotice.com/.