The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission says that they have now received complaints from homeowners in 21 states over problems associated with defective Chinese drywall. The complaints claim that the Chinese-made drywall emits a sulfurous smell and that can corrode metal components in the home. Many homeowners also claim that the noxious emissions have caused physical ailments to the inhabitants of affected homes.
New evidence from a report to Congress dated July 6 suggests that corrosion caused by Chinese drywall may be responsible for electrical fires in some cases; however, this has not been confirmed.
According to the report, commission engineers will evaluate how much electrical wiring corrosion has occurred based on samples from affected homes. They also are looking at smoke detectors and sprinkler systems to see if they are damaged.
The CPSC latest confirmed number of imported Chinese drywall for 2006 is just over 5.5 million sheets, with additional shipments still being evaluated.
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