Home Depot and five companies who manufactured “Tile Perfect Stand ‘N Seal Spray-On Grout Sealer” face over 160 lawsuits alleging lung damage from exposure to the product, according to an article at Law.com. Two have died after inhaling the product and others have been hospitalized.
The ingredient which created the problem in the product, Flexipel, was manufactured by Innovative Chemical Technologies – a small company based in Georgia. The MSDS on Flexipel says the product should not be aerosolized. However, the product was aerosolized in Stand ‘N Seal. The lawsuit claims that the product was not pulled from Home Depot’s shelves until 19 months after it was evident there was a problem with the product – based on numerous reports of product users being hospitalized.