DAYTON, OHIO (CN) – Thor Industries and Crossroads RV have sold recreational vehicles contaminated with unsafe levels of formaldehyde for 20 years, though they knew it was dangerous and carcinogenic, a class action claims in Federal Court.
Lead plaintiff Martin Crane bought a 2006 Bel Air RV.
“For approximately twenty years, defendants have known that the use of substandard, formaldehyde-laden materials in their recreation vehicles could lead to excessive and dangerous formaldehyde exposure for consumers using the vehicles for their intended uses,” the complaint states.
“Despite this knowledge, defendants have used substandard, formaldehyde-laden materials in their recreation vehicles, which materials have emitted formaldehyde in excessive and dangerous levels and caused plaintiffs exposure to such formaldehyde. This exposure to formaldehyde has caused, and will continue to cause, plaintiffs to suffer injuries to their health and persons, including but not limited to nausea, wheezing, coughing, watering and burning eyes, diminished respiratory capacity, and an increased risk of cancer.”
Defendant Thor is based in Jackson Center, Ohio. Defendant Crossroads and its parent corporation, DS Corp., are based in Topeka, Ind.
Plaintiffs demand more than $5 million in compensatory damages, and a court-supervised program of medical monitoring. Their lead counsel is John Stock with Benesch Friedlander Coplan of Columbus.