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Thursday, December 17, 2009

FEMA trailer sales: Don't mention it FAILED formaldehyde test!

We’ve been concerned for some time about the government selling FEMA trailers that contain high formaldehyde levels. Now see that these instruction provided on GSA’s website advise sellers not to tell potential buyers that the unit failed the formaldehyde test.

I know a number of people who unwittingly bought FEMA trailers from dealers who didn’t disclose they were FEMA trailers. These folks have gotten sick, and have no recourse to get their money back. When will the government stop compounding the problem by selling these toxic FEMA trailers? Wasn’t it enough to poison the Katrina\Rita survivors? Now we have to spread the misery around?

Here is what the GSA website says about the FEMA trailer sales:

http://gsaauctions.gov/attachment/41QSCI10035001.HTM

Obvious Damage and/or Comments: Is there any damage on the unit (interior or exterior) that goes above and beyond normal wear and tear? Mention any damaged items found. Enter whether or not the unit has been tested for formaldehyde. If tested we MUST provide the test results. Do not state that the unit FAILED the formaldehyde test.