Do you see products falsely labeled to deceive code officials as a common problem in areas you do business?

John G. Swanson
March 5, 2008

Last week, we reported on a lawsuit brought by a South Carolina dealer alleging false labeling of windows. The dealer charges that windows not meeting code requirements are being labeled to say they do.

My reaction to this story was, "Sure, there are people out there that will take advantage of lax code enforcement, who will somehow try to plead ignorance if caught, but it's hard to believe anybody beyond the stray guy working out of the back of a truck would even think of putting false labels on a product." The risks of being found out and the potential penalties involved if someone got hurt and it was the result of deliberate fraud seem too great.

Am I naive? I thought I'd use this week's poll to find out. Do you think false labeling of windows and doors is a problem? Have you heard about jobs where this kind of thing has happened? If not false labels, have you seen other approaches used to put windows and doors that are not up to code? In areas where codes aren't enforced, do people try to take advantage of that fact? Or perhaps there's still a lot of incompetence out there? I'd really appreciate your comments on this topic. You don't have to name names, email me and share your real-world stories.

 For poll results and industry feedback about this topic, click to the next page, and read Page 2 of “The Talk...”

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