SA District Court judge ruled that a spray in bed liner product offers better protection against the risk of explosion than the original manufacturer’s automotive paint, and then dismissed the attempt at a class action suit seeking damages from truck bed lining manufacturers based on allegations the liners caused fire dangers. The drop-in liner companies settled out of court, but a prominent spray in bedliner company commissioned and submitted research that proved its product increases truck safety compared to the original equipment.
The evidence presented demonstrated by uncontested scientific proof that spray in bed liners do not share the same electrical and physical properties of the drop in bedliner competitors stated U.S. District Court Judge Charles W. Pickering of the Southern District of Mississippi, Hattiesburg Division. “In fact, the bed liner material exhibits lower resistivity than the truck manufacturer’s automotive paint. This means that a truck bed coated with bed liner material would be slightly less likely to pose a risk of ignition than a pick-up truck with no bed liner at all.” The lawsuit (Jimmy Brown, et. al. versus Durakon Industries Inc. et. Al.) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Hattiesburg Division, against all manufacturers of truck bed liners. The lawsuit alleged that a static charge can build up on the surface of plastic truck bed liners and, similar to a carpet in wintertime, discharge a spark and ignite flammable liquids being carried in the truck bed.
The spray on bedliner research, however, showed that unlike traditional drop-in liners made of plastic (polyethylene or HDPE), a Spray on elastomeric polyurethane compound is sprayed on and dries into a tough, non-conductive, elastic shell. In tests conducted by Levi Isaac Berger, chief executive officer of the California Institute of Electronics and Material Sciences, spray on material exhibited lower resistivity and better static charge dissipation characteristics. This finding means there is a decreased chance of static build-up. Any charge generated would be dispersed across the entire truck bed surface, thus diminishing the localized voltage level and risk of sparks. Following the ruling, no spray on bedliner company is obligated to install a warning label on its product. ArmorThane has always striven to ensure the highest standards of safety and quality,” said Garry Froese, ArmorThane’ president and founder. “Anyone in the business knows that having an ArmorThane bedliner is better than having no lining at all, but we are thrilled to have independent research and a federal judge supporting this claim!”
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ArmorThane Inc, established in 1989 and headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, is a privately-held corporation and world leader in protective coatings and linings. Products manufactured and distributed by ArmorThane Inc. include polyurethane, polyaspartic and polyurea coatings, as well as concrete resurfacing and refinishing products. ArmorThane Inc. has a global retail and industrial applicator network consisting of independently owned and operated businesses in almost 80 countries. For more information about ArmorThane Inc., or to purchase ArmorThane products, call (417) 831-5090, or visit http://www.armorthane.com.