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ToxicTrailers.com was launched after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 when the government spent more than $2 billion on FEMA trailers with high levels of formaldehyde that sickened thousands of people. The FEMA trailer tragedy exposed what is a widespread problem in RVs, mobile homes, modular buildings and even conventional buildings that use pressed wood products. Unfortunately, as we approach the tenth anniversary of Katrina, formaldehyde regulations are not being enforced in the U.S., and people's health is at risk. If you are having burning eyes, congestion, sore throat, coughing, breathing difficulties, frequent sinus infections or rashes, and difficulties concentrating, you may have a formaldehyde problem. For questions or to share your story, write 4becky@cox.net.

Friday, June 22, 2007

formaldehyde problems with Cougar?

Hi,

I was wondering if you have had other complaints about the air quality in Keystone "Cougar Rv's" My husband & I have been complaining about the odor when we have had the camper closed up & getting ready to go somewhere. Our eyes burn so much & we have had trouble breathing. I brought this to the dealers attention & the manager of where we bought the camper 2006.

They say to air out & it will go away. Well we have for almost two yrs aired out & it is still there.

My concern is my family's health. We have a grandaughter who fought for her life, born only 1lb. & is now off oxygen after over 1 year. We would like her to go with us with the family.

What & where is this odor coming from? Can you help me at all. The Mfg. in

Indiana doesn't want to hear about it.

Sincerely

Patty

pointblank3@verizon.net


NOTE from Becky: Patty was told to look at the www.abcnews.com story that profiles the problems Marvin Motes has had with his Cougar RV. She was advised against bringing the baby into the camper until after testing for formaldehyde. We know of one infant who died in a FEMA trailer in Bay St. Louis, and the pediatrician suspects formaldehyde poisoning. Several deaths of elderly people in FEMA trailers have also been linked to this problem.

Folks might want to check out the blogs at the ABCnews.com web site for additional stories about people who have experienced this problem. There are some blogs bashing Sierra Club for being "alarmist" about this issue. I don't think it is alarmist to point out when thousands of people are being poisoned by their own government. The most legitimate beef was Sierra Club tarring the whole RV industry with the same brush and not providing a list of safe RVs. While Sierra Club testing of 17 RV brands used for FEMA trailers, at least one of each brand tested over the limit. But there are some higher quality RVs out there that are made with better materials and more care. You can get more information by purchasing a CD from the RV Consumer Group at http://www.rv.org/store_2.htm. It is $78 but that is small change when you consider how much a new RV costs.