US to Chinese drywall manufacturers: fix our homes

Posted by Dave Landis on January 11th, 2011 in China | 1 Comment

Drywall product on sale at a Home Depot. Reuters

Today Inez Tenenbaum, chairwoman of the US Consumer Protection Safety Commission, said that her agency’s efforts to get Chinese drywall manufacturers to reimburse American consumers for damage caused by their products has failed.

The inability to convince thirteen Chinese manufactures of tainted drywall to  compensate damage to American homes as been a sore spot in trade relations between the US and China.

The drywall has been shown to emit dangerous amounts of hydrogen sulfide which can corrode electrical wiring and cause headaches and other ailments.

Drywall is the material used to make walls and ceilings.

The CPSC has been able to get American and European distributors to voluntarily recall the defect drywall products, but compensation requests to Chinese companies have fallen on deaf ears.

“Germany’s Knauf Plasterboard (Tianjin) has agreed to remove the drywall and rewire 300 homes in a pilot program and Lennar Corp., the third-biggest U.S. homebuilder, had to set aside millions of dollars to cover claims against it for the use of faulty Chinese drywall”, reports International Business Times.

The problem with drywall manufactures is in part one reason why the CPSC is opening an office in Beijing to prevent such problems from happening again.

Have you been impacted by the use of Chinese drywall products in your home?  What has your experience been in getting the matter resolved?


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