Foam Makers Face Class Action for Toxic Insulation
A nationwide class action has been initiated by two home owners against NCFI Polyurethanes and McGlaughlin Spray Foam Insulation Inc. alleging they sold toxic and defective spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation that can harm property and have adverse health effects.
The complaint alleges that the Sealite and InsulStar brands of SPF manufactured by NCFI and installed by McGlaughlin are defective and emit toxic chemicals into the air, reports Law360 (subscription required). The plaintiffs claim the foam – marketed as nontoxic when inert – maintains toxicity after being installed in homes and poses such risks to homeowners and their residences that its removal is necessary.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has warned of the potential health risks of exposure to SPF chemicals, symptoms of which include headaches, respiratory issues, neurological issues, and eye, nose, and throat irritation.
Law360 writes that the complaint says the SPF allegedly contains aromatic isocyanite, classified as hazardous by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Repeated exposure to it can cause respiratory injuries and irritation to the eyes and skin. The foam also allegedly contains other toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds, in addition to a flame retardant known as chlorinated tris.
The misrepresentation of the chemicals in the SPF amounts to fraudulent concealment, claim the plaintiffs. The class action proposes to include all home owners who have used this foam.
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