Dangerous Sealer Stayed on Shelves After Recall
2007 Danville, N. J. —Walter E.
Fridell plans to use the Stand \'n Seal, a do-it-
Your own product is sold at his local Home Depot and promises to be a quick weekend project where he can finish the project in time on Sunday afternoon to catch up with the giant football game.
The product offers a \"revolutionary and fast way\" to seal the grouting around the tile, with its label declaring that any additional spray will \"evaporate innocently \".
\"It doesn\'t sound like a big deal,\" said the doctor.
But he didn\'t watch football that afternoon. Friedel, a 63-year-
The old doctor was rushed to the hospital where he would stay in the intensive care unit for four days, breathing air and chemical inflammation of his lungs. Dr.
Fridell is the latest victim of a product, and a few months ago, the Consumer Product Safety Board and the company that produced and sold the product already knew about the dangers of the product. Before Dr.
Fridel bought \"Seal \'n Seal\" and at least 80 people were ill by using it, two of them dead.
But even so, under threat
It was recorded that manufacturers, retailers and committees failed to eliminate the danger from the shelves.
The task of advertising to take dangerous products away from consumers may be the most pressing challenge faced by the Consumer Product Safety Committee in this era of a surge in recalls, especially products from China.
This is an important part of the agency\'s mission because in the US, consumer goods do not need to be tested before they go public. Nancy A.
Noord, acting chairman of the committee, said the agency was proud of its record of rapidly and forcefully withdrawing hazardous products from the market.
\"The key is to recall the product, let the consumer know what is going on, and then try to take the product away from the consumer,\" Ms.
Nordisk said in testimony to a panel in the house on September.
\"I think the recall process is very effective.
\"But the \'n\'seal case is a strong indication of the Commission\'s failure to fully fulfil its mandate.
Court documents show that, as the case unfolds, the manufacturer of the product, BRTT, sometimes seems more concerned about protecting its bottom line than taking steps to ensure that the danger is eliminated.
This means that after the 2005 recall, The Stand \'n Seal of the dangerous tank remained on the shelf for more than a year.
The product BRTT initially rushed --and which Dr.
Fridell and others bought it-
The company and Home Depot now admit that it contains the same chemicals that apparently caused damage in the first place.
Critics say the n Seal case shows that the consumer goods safety board is overwhelmed by injury reports and new dangers and is unable to conduct a full investigation or follow-up of many complaints.
The Laboratory of the agency is so old that there is no necessary equipment to fully assess the remedies provided by BRTT
Let the agency rely heavily on the company\'s promise that it will solve the problem.
The document shows that the agency failed to fully follow up after receiving repeated complaints that the danger continued for a long time after the recall.
Even if you slip-
Ups is the result of the company\'s concealment of important evidence, and it remains the responsibility of the Commission to use its law enforcement authority to conduct an investigation and, where appropriate, to issue a fine.
So far, more than two years after the commission became aware of the problem with the bracket \'n Seal, there was no fine.
\"They didn\'t finish what consumers expected and people suffered,\" said R . \"
David Pitt worked on the committee for ten years after its establishment in 1973 and later served as technical director of the Consumer Alliance, which publishes Consumer Reports.
This issue becomes more complicated because consumers tend to ignore warnings about unsafe products, or do not hear them at all, and continue to use defective products even after the recall is issued.
Lawyers for BRTT, then known as Roanoke, declined to comment.
The company said in a statement that it had never intended to sell dangerous products.
\"Home Depot is working with Roanoke to ensure that anyone injured by this product is treated fairly,\" the statement said . \".
The Commission\'s own records show that more and more products are affected by the \"expanded\" recall, such as stand\'n Seal.
Stuart L said: \"The recall is not necessarily a recall. this is the meaning of the recall . \"
Goldenberg is a lawyer for Minni apores, who represents a family whose child is injured. Bake toy oven.
Manufacturer Hasbro reminds the consumer of a child\'s finger injury in the oven by simply providing a repair kit first and then expanding to a full
Dozens of others were reportedly formally recalled after being injured.
Advertising and evidence of dangerous products are very common.
Even after the recall
It is easy to find items that can be sold, most notably goods imported from China, which are usually sold at discount stores or on the Internet.
Baltimore health officials found out in an investigation
This year, three years after the contaminated toy ring in the store was removed from the shelves.
A new raw material stand and seal looks perfectit-
When it went public in late 2003, your own products were sold exclusively in the Home Depot store.
Customers can simply place cans and spray without having to apply waterproof sealant on tile grout using a brush.
The cardboard floor display display at Home Depot store shows a photo of a simulated customer doing this --
Stand in front of a closed window and spray the product on the bathroom floor with no mask.
One of Roanoke\'s suppliers in the spring of 2005 --
Simple care products in Ariz Scottsdale. —
Convert the active ingredient from a chemical produced by Dupont called Zonyl 225 to a chemical called Flexipel S-
According to company documents, 22WS was manufactured by innovative chemical technology by a small company in Georgia.
Roanoke\'s executives initially did not know about the shift, which was made for reasons why the company\'s e-commerce was unclear
But just a few weeks after these reformulated cans arrived at Home Depot shelves, phone calls from customers, emergency rooms, and doctors began pouring into the poisoning control center, initially with a smaller number, the Consumer Product Safety Board\'s own hotline.
Terry Keenan of Tex Kyle
One of the callers. Ms.
Keenan used spray to seal the tiles in her kitchen and bathroom at the end of May 2005.
About an hour later, she began to feel dizzy, thirsty and lack of breathing.
After a few minutes, she began to bubble in her mouth;
Then she couldn\'t get up from the ground.
Her husband took her to the hospital where she stayed for five days.
\"I just don\'t understand what happened . \"
Keenan said in an interview.
\"This is a nightmare.
In another case, one 11-year-
Colorado\'s old boy, Tyler hemerman, stopped to talk to his father, who used the Stand sign \'n Seal in the bathroom shower, and when the boy started coughing and struggled to breathe,
His mother, Sandie Himmelman, said he was also in the emergency room and the doctor said about 80% of the surface area of his lungs had been damaged.
The document shows that Roanoke\'s initial response to these reports was to try to manage their public relations impact.
Richard F. advertising in early June
Roanoke\'s chief executive, Tripodi, is at 24-
The documents show that the hourly emergency phone number does not tell the customers who report the disease, and others have called to make similar complaints.
The staff member wrote in a case file that doing so \"may cause unnecessary public attention \".
Federal law requires manufacturers to notify the consumer product safety board within 24 hours of determining that a product defect may have a health hazard.
In this case, it has been a few weeks before the report was made;
Until half the time.
On June 2005, Roanoke informed the agency that only after a doctor at the Denver Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center received a call from an emergency room doctor, he told Roanoke that he intended to call the Commission himself.
The committee staff contacted Roanoke very quickly.
However, internal corporate and institutional documents have been made public due to the outcome of the proceedings, indicating Roanoke\'s attempt to downplay the danger.
Roanoke explained that the revised stent \'n Seal formula left a \"less chemically pungent\" scent, so that \"some customers tend to use this material in poorly ventilated or closed spaces.
\"It does not mention the security data sheet released by Flexipel S-manufacturer
22WS makes it clear that because it can cause respiratory damage, it should not be used in the form of an aerosol.
According to company internal documents, Roanoke knows that even if it is ventilated, a spray containing Flexipel can cause medical reactions.
A Roanoke executive tested it in the office bathroom and the exhaust fan was running.
\"I really forgot that I was doing the test and found myself leaning on the floor while spraying water,\" Michelle Kascak, the supervisor, wrote in an email
Email message to Mr.
Before the recall, her boss Tripodi.
After three. Minute test, lady.
Kascak wrote that she had a slight headache, dizziness and sinus irritation. Mr.
Tripodi\'s reply: \"Please indicate where we will send the body after the test is completed.
Jokes aside, sir.
Tripodi made it clear that he wanted to make sure the product continued to be sold in the market.
An email said: \"We are doing everything we can to convince Home Depot that there is no reason to remove these batches . \"Sir\'s mail message
When Tripodi negotiated the recall, it sent a business assistant on July 2005.
It has been nearly three months since Roanoke first received a disease report to a formal recall by the Consumer Product Safety Board, during which dozens of people were ill.
They include Philip Willis III, a 73-year-old retired naval officer from Pasco County, Florida.
Medical records show Thomas Kayser, 64, from independence City, Iowa, a retired John Deere mechanic who quickly died of exposure.
The agency sent investigators to the homes of two victims in Arizona and Iowa by the end of 2005 and tested at least one can of station seals.
These tests give a basic indication of the content in the product: mainly industrial solvent Dingel acetate and hydrocarbons, compounds based on crude oil.
But the agency\'s laboratories do not have the necessary equipment to identify specific chemicals that exist, or what impact they may have on humans, commission spokesman Julie Valis said.
\"There should be a lot of things in this organization,\" Ms. Vallese said.
Due to the limited testing capacity, the agency accepted Roanoke\'s claim that it had resolved the issue.
But in fact, the company did not, it re-
Home Depot stores are available nationwide, with 50,000 cans of brackets \'n\' Seal that still contain chemicals associated with early-stage diseases.
The only change is the addition of an additive that gives the spray a stronger smell and signals consumers that they should use the product in a ventilated area.
The Consumer Product Safety Committee has never publicly acknowledged that the threat remains.
The company\'s recall notice says it is safe to buy any cans after June 2005.
Fridel is an experienced doctor and there is a pleasant atmosphere around him that will soon get excited when he discusses stand cards and then get angry.
When he went to Home Depot, he knew nothing about the early problems of the product.
\"There should be at least one sign,\" said the doctor.
Fridell talked about his Home Depot store in the east of Hanover. J.
Refers to the initial recall.
\"Without it, consumers don\'t know what they\'re going to be in. ”Dr.
Jack Goldshlack, a lung doctor who is still treating Dr.
Fridell said the test after the doctor
Fridell developed abnormal lung inflammation in the hospital, which limits his ability to deliver oxygen to the blood.
After he was discharged,
It took Fridell a few months.
The water tank in his office broke down as his lungs slowly recovered.
In interviews with a dozen other people, a surprisingly similar story emerged.
Andrew Lammer, 24year-
Old residential contractor from Zeeland, Michigan. , who like Dr.
Fridel, who bought one of the 50,000 cans for restocking, said he was eventually sent to the hospital intensive care unit after using a can of support seals he bought in November 2005, four months after the recall
AD, Amy Paddock, 45, from freidley, Minnesota.
She said that shortly after using the product in April 2006, after feeling unwell and pulling to the side of the road, she fainted in the car and was also hospitalized.
Irene Moreno, 50, is an office manager from the Mavericks fuller ton.
Go to the hospital on Thanksgiving Day, 2006-
More than a year after the recall
After using Stand \'n Seal in her home.
\"I just can\'t breathe or even move . \"
Moreno said in a recent interview.
She can have a lot of numbers showing that this was one of the original batches of the recall in August 2005 --
But it remains on the shelves of Home Depot as the retailer and Roanoke, who is responsible for removing these cans, have not done the job.
There is growing evidence that the consumer goods safety board has received several notices that even after the recall, the danger associated with the bracket \'n Seal continues.
Agency records show that Sandra himelman\'s son was injured before the recall, and she was scared after her local Home Depot found that one of the \"recall\" cans was still on sale,
\"How can it still be sold?
She said she asked.
Rick Ericksen, 59, a psychologist in Mississippi, called the agency and reported that after using Stand \'n Seal, \"The uncontrollable trembling spasm caused me to record nausea and dry cough all over the body without stopping.
An agency official reviewing complaints noted in the report that Mr can\'s batch number
Ericksen used \"not on the list of cans recalled\" in September 2005 \".
But Mr. advertising. Ericksen, Ms.
Himmelman and others with similar complaints said they had never received a response from the Commission.
According to the document, Roanoke has growing evidence that the issue remains, including continuing to report the disease to the emergency call center, as well as an increasing number of injury-based lawsuits, many of which are submitted by consumers, the cans they use are not in the recalled cans.
But it was not until March 2007, 18 months after the initial recall, that Home Depot and Roanoke recognized the obvious source of the continuing problem.
A statement from Home Depot said that the 50,000 cans of shelves used for restocking in 2005 \"have been determined to contain the same potentially harmful ingredients as the recalled batch \".
This spring, the danger was finally eliminated as Home Depot completely removed the Stand \'n Seal from the market and posted a notice on its company website, I bought one of the 50,000 cans after the recall.
The commission attributed most of the failures to the wrong information provided by the \'n Seal supplier.
But at the same time, it acknowledges that it is the agency\'s responsibility to identify and respond to bad information, in which case it fails to do so quickly.
\"Through the investigation, the agency should be able to determine the accuracy of the information provided,\" she said . \"
Committee spokesman Valis.
\"It really seems to be a great thing afterwards.
\"A version of this article appears on the print on page A1 of the New York edition, titled: after the recall, dangerous sealing devices remain on the shelf.
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