New York, NY – August 15, 2023 – The National Advertising Division (NAD) of BBB National Programs determined that the Mohawk Industries Inc.’s “Authentic imprint of Hardwood” claim for its RevWood laminate flooring product line was not misleading. However, NAD recommended that Mohawk discontinue the claims:
- “Wood Without Compromise”
- “The Perfect Wood for Your Home”
The claims at issue were challenged by the Decorative Hardwoods Association, which represents the hardwood plywood, hardwood veneer, and engineered hardwood flooring industries.
“Authentic Imprint of Hardwood”
NAD concluded that Mohawk’s “Authentic imprint of Hardwood” claim was not misleading because the message conveyed is that RevWood products offer a similar texture to real hardwood. Notably, NAD found that this message is reinforced by images and disclosures appearing near the claim.
“Wood Without Compromise”
NAD found that in the context of Mohawk’s advertising, consumers may take away the misleading message that RevWood is wood flooring from the slogan “Wood Without Compromise.” However, RevWood is a laminate flooring product that mimics the appearance and texture of wood. Further, although some advertising discloses that “RevWood combines the beauty of hardwood with the toughness of laminate,” NAD determined that these disclosures do not prevent the claim from being misleading because they contradict the claim.
For these reasons, NAD recommended that Mohawk discontinue using the slogan “Wood Without Compromise.”
“The Perfect Wood for Your Home”
NAD determined that one message reasonably conveyed by Mohawk’s use of “The Perfect Wood for Your Home” claim in the challenged advertising is that RevWood is wood. NAD noted that disclosures stating that RevWood products are laminates appear on the website in several sections far from the main claim and contradict the main claim. Therefore, NAD recommended Mohawk discontinue the claim to avoid conveying the message that RevWood is wood.
In its advertiser statement, Mohawk stated that it will appeal NAD’s decision regarding “Wood Without Compromise” because it believes “NAD did not give proper weight to the context within which the slogan is used, which prominently identifies the product as laminate wood, or to the substantial care consumers take in purchasing flooring products, both of which dispel any realistic potential for consumer confusion.” Mohawk also believes NAD did not give proper weight to evidence that “the product name is ‘laminate wood flooring’” and that “there is no evidence that even a single consumer has been confused…despite the fact that we have made prominent use of the slogan for more than five years.”
Appeals of NAD decisions are made to BBB National Programs’ National Advertising Review Board (NARB), the appellate-level truth-in-advertising body of BBB National Programs.
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