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|LG Refrigerator Class Action Lawsuit|
- Wednesday, 21 July 2010 10:22
LG Refrigerator Class Action Lawsuit
By Sarah Pierce
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A design defect in certain LG refrigerator models causes the interior light to stay on after the doors are closed, resulting in overheating, food spoilage, melted plastic and risk of serious fire hazard, according to a class action lawsuit filed in federal court in New Jersey. The defect alleged in the lawsuit involves “French door” refrigerator models sold since 2005.
The lawsuit claims the lights in these models become so hot that they melt parts of the refrigerator that touch the lights, including the plastic covering the lights. In addition to producing a burning smell and obvious fire risk, the lawsuit claims consumers are at risk for burning themselves on the hot refrigerator parts and for becoming sick from food that spoils due to the high interior temperatures.
The class action lawsuit alleges LG knew about the problem, pointing out that consumers complained about the defect to LG as early as 2006, but actively concealed the defect and made false and misleading statements regarding the refrigerators’ quality. The lawsuit also alleges LG provided repairs that it knew “would not cure the defect but would instead merely delay the impact of the defect,” and had a “duty to disclose the defect based upon its exclusive knowledge of it,” but failed to do so. State and federal laws require companies to remedy products that are defectively designed or manufactured or do not perform as advertised, oftentimes even after the warranty period has expired.
The class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of anyone in the U.S. who owns, or has owned, an LG French door refrigerator with a light that stays on when the doors are closed, including the specific model numbers LFC25760SW and LRFC22750ST. The lawsuit is accusing LG of breach of implied warranty, negligent misrepresentation, unjust enrichment, and consumer fraud. The full case filing is available at http://www.courthousenews.com/2010/07/19/CCA.pdf.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 December 2012 10:09