Dometic Corp’s RV and Boat Refrigerators are Potential Fire Hazards

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Dometic Cororation is a manufacturer of gas absorption refrigerators and is a named defendant in a class action lawsuit. The complaint alleges that “the refrigerators contain dangerous defects that can cause them to vent pressurized hydrogen and ignite a fire – a remarkably dangerous event in the close confines of an RV or boat where Dometic gas absorption refrigerators are used.”

Dometic gas absorption refrigerators “have caused and/or contributed to at least 3,000 fires since 1997, resulting in over $100,000,000 in property damage and personal injury claims,” according to the class action complaint.

The fact that Dometic refrigerators can run on either AC or DC electric current, or on propane gas, makes them the primary sellers of refrigerators for RVs and boats. The complaint alleges that “every gas absorption refrigerator manufactured by Dometic since 1997 shares common technology, common cooling unit design, and common defects, including the propensity of the refrigerator’s cooling unit boiler tube to corrode, crack, and expel hydrogen gas at high pressure.”

The lawsuit alleges that this cracking and venting of gas can happen even when the machine is turned off, and that the vented hydrogen gas is very flammable and dangerous.

Additionally, it was alleged that Dometic knows about the defect in its gas absorption refrigerators, and has not rectified the problem. Two small recalls were issued by Dometic of certain refrigerators, but the objection was that the recalls were too small and Dometic continues to sell new refrigerators with the same defect.

According to the class action, Dometic has “used and manipulated the recall process to conceal the true dangers and safety risks inherent in their Defective Gas Absorption Refrigerators from both federal regulators and consumers.”

The class action seeks to represent a Class of all persons who purchased or own a Dometic gas absorption refrigerator manufactured on or after January 1, 1997. The class action also seeks an order requiring Dometic to fix the defective refrigerators, and to pay restitution for the loss in value of the plaintiffs’ RVs or boats.