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Man Sues ZTE For Devastating Cell Phone Fire

A New Mexico man whose Chinese-made ZTE smartphone caught fire as it was charging overnight has filed a lawsuit against a U.S. subsidiary of the manufacturer, alleging the phone’s defective design burned his home and all his possessions and left him with crippling burn injuries. According to the Albuquerque Journal, plaintiff Jose Perez filed the lawsuit in the Judicial District Court in Santa Fe last week. He seeks compensatory and punitive damages for economic losses, future medical expenses, and future pain and suffering, among damages. Mr. Perez says he was charging his ZTE Zmax Pro Blu phone overnight next to ... Read More

Beware of Chinese Made Copper Pipe, watchdog Group Warns

Beware of Chinese-made copper pipes, pipe fittings, and other plumbing supplies not made in the U.S., consumer watchdog group Plumbing Pipe Advocate advises, adding that homeowners could find themselves with little legal recourse if they experience a major plumbing failure caused by defective materials. According to the group, “As we have seen with other Chinese made building products such as toxic Chinese drywall, if the homebuilder goes broke because they used defective construction products the homeowner’s only recourse may be attempting [to] file a lawsuit against a Chinese company. As we saw with toxic Chinese drywall the Chinese do not stand behind the products ... Read More

CDC Study Finds Lumber Liquidators laminate Flooring Could Cause Health Problems

Certain laminate flooring made in China and sold by Lumber Liquidators poses a risk of respiratory distress and other health problems, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a Feb. 10 report. The problems with Lumber Liquidator’s flooring were first exposed on March 1 of last year when the CBS news program 60 Minutes tested formaldehyde levels in 31 boxes of laminate flooring products purchased from Lumber Liquidator stores in five states and reported that several samples contained dangerous levels of formaldehyde. The report caught the attention of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which ... Read More

Some Lumber Liquidators flooring contains toxic formaldehyde levels, report finds

Lumber Liquidators, a highly profitable chain of 279 retail stores selling engineered wood and laminate flooring products, is one of the nation’s largest flooring companies. Last year the company sold more than $800 million in flooring product and its stock prices soared amid attractive profit margins and news that its aggressive growth plan aimed to double the number of retail outlets in just about every state. But blogger and investor Xuhua Zhou reveals that some of Lumber Liquidators’ Chinese-made flooring contains levels of formaldehyde that are both illegal and potentially toxic to consumers – a concern that is echoed by ... Read More

Federal regulators intercepting more dangerous product imports at port

Federal regulations governing the safety of foreign-made products help keep U.S. consumers safe, but the fact remains that a number of dangerous and sub-standard products continue to find their way onto retail shelves and into consumers’ homes nationwide. In response to this continuing problem, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that it has stepped up regulatory efforts and interventions at several major U.S. ports of entry. CPSC staff have been working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents to screen several thousands of product shipments entering the country. For example, the combined efforts of staff trained to ... Read More

Regulating China: CPSC’s first overseas office to halt dangerous U.S.-bound products

If anything good has come out of all the toxic Chinese drywall that severely damaged thousands of U.S. homes and rendered them unlivable, it’s that this extensive, costly, ill-timed disaster has underscored the need for better U.S. regulation and oversight at the source. Hoping to ebb the flow of defective and dangerous consumer products to the United States, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is on its way to opening its first overseas office in China. Last year alone, the CPSC announced recalls of 220 Chinese-made products ranging from toys containing dangerous levels of lead paint or small parts that ... Read More

U.S. signs consumer product safety agreements with Australia and Hong Kong

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced this week the signing of “memorandums of understanding” (MOUs) between the U.S. agency and equivalent agencies in Australia and Hong Kong. The broad purpose of the agreements is to improve product safety between the U.S. and its trading partners. In an increasingly global economy, one of the biggest challenges the CPSC faces is ensuring that products made in other countries meet American standards for product safety. As we have seen so often in the past, cheaply made products like toys and jewelry made in countries such as China often contain unsafe levels of lead, ... Read More

Chinese drywall maker to gut and repair 300 Southeastern US homes

Three hundred homeowners in Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi will have their homes gutted of toxic Chinese drywall and repaired, thanks to an agreement reached between lawyers representing the affected families, manufacturer Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin Co., and a number of drywall suppliers, home builders, and insurers. Tons of Chinese drywall entered the United States after the national construction boom and  Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of New Orleans created a shortage of domestically produced drywall. The corrosive, foul-smelling drywall from northeastern China made its way into thousands of homes of across the country, primarily in the South. Under the agreement, Knauf and the other ... Read More

Like US, EU fights rising tide of dangerous Chinese-made products

RAPEX, the European Union’s rapid alert system for dangerous consumer products (excluding food, pharmaceutical, and medical devices), released its annual report of the most dangerous products flooding the European market, and Chinese-made products top the list. Although this isn’t the first time made-in-China has dominated RAPEX reports, the findings indicate the problem is growing in Europe as rapidly as it is in the United States. It’s no secret that products manufactured in China consistently pose more dangers to consumers than domestically manufactured goods. Poisonous lead paint in children’s toys, toxic cadmium in jewelry, lethal melamine in pet food and baby ... Read More

Judge awards plaintiffs $2.6 million in first Chinese drywall trial

In the first of a series of bellwether trials involving toxic Chinese drywall, U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon ruled last week that Taishan Gypsum Co. must pay $2.6 million to repair seven damaged Virginia homes and replace their damaged contents. The case, which was tried in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, New Orleans, will help determine the scope and outcome of pending and future litigation involving homes ruined by the drywall. Thousands of homeowners throughout the U.S. but mostly in Florida and other Southern states allege that the drywall installed throughout their homes, imported from China during the ... Read More