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Thursday, May 20, 2010

FEMA travel trailers don't have warning notices

Channel 12 News reports there are no warning labels regarding former FEMA travel trailers at an auction of the travel trailers in North Augusta, S.C. "Augusta Auto Auction allowed our crew to enter and video all of the trailer units. We did find that several contained mold, rotten wood, and water damage on the interior walls. In an on-camera interview with News 12, auction Vice-President David Bynum says he has "no concerns" about the trailers for sale, and adds most of the formaldehyde concerns in previous models were eliminated by allowing the units to "air out". ...Our News 12 crew observed no warning labels posted on auction materials or inside the trailers themselves that disclosed the history of the trailers, or the housing restrictions." The warning labels were required by the government as was signing a contract agreeing not to advertise or use the travel trailers for permanent housing."

If this is being done right now, imagine what will happen as these trailers are sold and resold. Those warning stickers will disappear, just as formaldehyde warnings on mobile homes leaving the factory have routinely disappeared on sales lots for years.