Artificial Turf Lawsuit Could Be a Real Thing


An artificial turf lawsuit could be a very real thing. Attorneys are investigating possible lawsuits from people who have used artificial turf on playgrounds and soccer fields. Although leading manufacturers have faced legal action over claims that their products contained lead, the companies haven’t been sued by people who were affected by their products. However, the heightened awareness of these concerns has prompted more interest in synthetic turf. Attorneys are now seeking to meet with parents of young children and teens who have been exposed to this type of flooring.

Tire-crumb turf contains heavy metals

Tire-crumb artificial turf is an increasingly common material used on playgrounds, walkways, and other recreational surfaces. Its composition contains heavy metals and organic compounds that are potentially harmful to human health. The National Toxicology Program conducted a study comparing the health effects of synthetic turf with recycled tire crumb rubber. In particular, researchers noted that crumb rubber contains a high level of heavy metals and is toxic to aquatic organisms.

Many manufacturers of crumb rubber products know that it contains toxic constituents but deliberately distort the truth to avoid taking action. This is because their products are so popular and so widely used that the available science about these materials is skewed by the industry. Tire-crumb artificial turf has been used in thousands of school systems and municipalities across the United States. To date, no one has been charged with causing cancer or any other adverse effects.

Lead levels in artificial turf are too high

A study by the Center for Environmental Health found that the lead levels in artificial turf are higher than state limits. The group gathered samples from retailers such as Home Depot, Ace Hardware Corp., Lowe’s Companies, and carpet retailers. They compared the lead content of different brands and types of artificial turf to determine whether or not they contained harmful levels of lead. Approximately a third of the samples tested positive for lead levels above the limit in California. Lead is a neurotoxin that is toxic to humans, and people can easily become exposed to lead from hand-to-mouth contact with synthetic turf.

Lead is dangerous to children because they can ingest it by putting dirty toys and hands in their mouths. The federal hazard level for lead in soil is 400 parts per million. However, young children may be exposed to higher levels of lead because of prolonged play. Therefore, athletic fields should prevent young children from playing on these fields. And, if a school or church has this type of turf, it should replace it with a product containing a lower concentration of lead.

FieldTurf’s marketing practices are deceptive

The lawsuit alleges that FieldTurf’s marketing practices are misleading, deceptive, and false. The company knew of the problems with its products before it started selling them, but it did not stop making them and kept selling them. Instead, it continued to market them as the most durable in the marketplace. The lawsuit was filed in New Jersey, California, and Pennsylvania, but the case could apply to any field in the country.

Although the pleadings of FieldTurf’s marketing practices are not specific enough to establish reliance, the company argues that it is based on conclusory allegations rather than concrete evidence. Hudson bases his claim on the “representations made to the market by FieldTurf” from 2007 to 2009.

Arlington school district settles with FieldTurf

The lawsuits filed by the Arlington school district and FieldTurf have a common theme: failure of the synthetic turf. According to Forbes, nearly 20 percent of FieldTurf fields have failed and were replaced under warranty. However, a spokesperson for FieldTurf told the New York Times that the company was not aware that its fields had failed and did not monitor their performance. This resulted in many school districts settling their cases.

The issue of turf first came up at a parks commission meeting in 2013. Since then, parts of the turf have begun to crumble and shred. The turf was supposed to last at least 10 or 15 years. After the current turf starts to fail, the school district will need to come up with a new plan and funds for the new field. FieldTurf’s proposal does not have a timetable for installation, but it is a long-term solution.

Duraspine artificial turf deteriorates prematurely

In recent years, several schools and stadiums around the country have begun replacing fields made of Duraspine artificial turf. While the issue has not yet affected safety or play, it is affecting the appearance of some fields, especially those located in high-UV environments. But the superintendent of the Laurel School District has questions about the company’s handling of the issue and plans to raise the issue with the rest of his administration.

The company behind Duraspine artificial turf, which was discontinued in 2012, was sued by many customers after it deteriorated prematurely. The turf was not only flattened, but it was also crumbling apart and falling apart. This resulted in many sports teams canceling games and practices and leaving the school with no field for them to play on. Nearly one in five FieldTurf fields had to be replaced due to extensive deterioration. Many schools are wondering how they can replace these fields and regain their reputation.

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  1. Wondering if there’s an update to this. Writing about it for the New Jersey Education Association’s newsletter.

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