Drywall manufactured in China and installed in Florida is the subject of a class action lawsuit.
The drywall may be emitting sulfuric odors, possibly exposing people to respiratory health problems, according to the article “Chinese Drywall a Threat to Homeowners?” on Consumer Affairs.com. The emissions can also corrode air conditioning coils and wiring, posing a potential risk of electric fire.
Nearly 100 complaints have been submitted by Florida residents to the state Department of Health about problems with drywall.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is conducting an investigation.
The suit accuses Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin Co. Ltd., a China-based producer, of using fly ash, a waste material from Chinese power plants, in manufacturing the drywall, according to the article.
For details on the lawsuit, see Defective Chinese Drywall Lawsuit.