The New Jersey School Boards Association followed several colleges lead by considering the exploration of possible legal action against FieldTurf, a manufacturer of artificial turf fields, that has come under scrutiny. FieldTurf is alleged to have sold and marketed its artificial turf fields even after knowing that its product was defective.1
A statewide investigation into how many schools in New Jersey used the FieldTurf product, appear to have found several schools that purchased the defective artificial turf for their athletic fields, including Montclair Kimberley Academy in Montclair.
FieldTurf Defective Product Details and Allegations
The following FieldTurf defective product details and allegations came from local and national media reports:2
- NJ Advance Media conducted an independent six-month investigation into FieldTurf’s product called Duraspine, which has been installed onto high school, college and even professional sports fields from 2006 to 2012 with a base cost of anywhere between $300,000 to $500,000 each.
- At issue, is the report that company executives knew they had a defective product that didn’t last as long as the life expectancy they claimed it had. The FieldTurf marketing folks claimed it would hold up for a decade or longer, when in fact several schools and colleges claimed it only lasted half of that life span, especially in states like California and Texas, where the chance for ultraviolet light damage was greater.
- One concern about this artificial turf has been the new phenomenon allegedly caused by playing on the surface known as turf toe or metatarsophalangeal joint sprang.
- Another area of ongoing concern is cancer allegedly caused by the so-called “crumb rubber” used in the surface that is made from processed tires and a known material causing carcinogen. The Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission all have ongoing investigations as whether certain artificial turfs cause cancer.
- The defective description of one field at Highland Park claimed that although it may still have a green appearance of regular grass, its “fibers have cracked, split, frayed and become matted across a thinning playing field.”
- FieldTurf has accused its supplier of Duraspine of not making the product sturdy enough to withstand UV radiation, which causes the product to deteriorate prematurely. Some fields are even said to deteriorate in as little as three years.
- The bottom line, say city and school officials, is folks need to be concerned about corporate responsibility, the welfare of students and athletes, and the structural integrity of limited resources.
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1“NJ School Boards Association to Address Defective Turf at MKA” published in Tap Into Montclair, December 2016.
2“Profits vs. safety: What new findings about FieldTurf tell us about the future of sports” published in Sports Illustrated, December 2016.