When Lowes’ aluminum door seals fail, it’s a big deal
Posted November 05, 2018 07:51:20The aluminum door gaskets used by Lowe’s stores to keep the doors from sliding shut have come into question after a new report showed that some customers were being exposed to chemicals in the air as a result.
A report from Consumer Reports published Friday said some customers have had their inhalation levels of DEHP and PFOS increase by a “significant amount.”
In a statement, Lowes said, “While it is important to maintain the integrity of our products and process, we can assure our customers that we are taking steps to address the issue.”
The company said in a statement that its safety and performance team has “intensified our efforts” to improve the safety and durability of its doors.
The company is currently investigating the issue and said it has been contacting customers with questions.
The report said some Lowe’s customers were exposed to a chemical called PABA (pyridine sulfonate), which is a known endocrine disruptor, which has been linked to increased risk of developing asthma and obesity.
In a second report, Consumers Union reported that customers were using the same type of door gabapentin, a chemical commonly used to treat acne, as the door seals used in the company’s stores.
The chemical was linked to an increase in the risk of a heart attack, according to Consumer Reports.
The National Institutes of Health has issued a warning about the drug, and a spokesperson for the FDA has said the agency is reviewing the reports.
The new report comes just a day after a report from consumer advocacy group Consumers Union said that more than 100 people were exposed when they used the same doors for two months.
The organization said the doors, which were manufactured in 2018, were used in at least seven of the eight stores it visited and that the company was still using the doors at least one year after the end of that year.