Hurricane Protection Straps Fail Prematurely, Suit Says

Law360 (December 3, 2019, 4:06 PM EST) -- Steel straps built into homes to fortify them against hurricanes and earthquakes have been corroding prematurely, leading to major structural damage when natural disasters strike, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in California federal court.

Cary and Terri Cooper, along with Fernandina Beach LLC, accused Simpson Strong-Tie Co. Inc. of making and selling steel straps advertised to help buildings withstand hurricane-force winds but that are actually deficient. The consumers allege Simpson sells the fastener despite knowing it corrodes easily and are seeking a certified nationwide class action.

“Simpson fails to disclose that the product is subject to premature and accelerated corrosion,...

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