A New Jersey physician who used the product Stand n’ Seal to waterproof the tile floors of his hot tub room ended up in the emergency room and then intensive care for four days due to his lungs becoming chemically inflamed after using the product.
Dr. Walter Friedel was the latest victim of a product whose dangers had become known months earlier to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the companies that made and sold it. Before Dr. Friedel bought the product and became sick, at least 80 people had been sickened using it, and two people died from it. But even then, with the threat well-documented, the manufacturer, retailers and the commission failed to remove the dangerous product from the shelves.
Critics say the Stand n’ Seal case demonstrates how the Consumer Product Safety Commission is too overwhelmed with reports of injuries and with new hazards to comprehensively investigate or follow up on many complaints.
Court documents show that Stand n’ Seal remained on the shelves for more than a year after a 2005 recall.
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