February 2016 – Nagel Rice attorneys, Bruce Nagel and Randee Matloff, settled a class action against Electrolux regarding ice makers, which rather than providing “ice at your fingertips” as advertised, stopped working only months after purchase and started leaking, causing damage to other parts of refrigerators and surrounding areas. The settlement could be worth up to $20 million to class members.
The New Jersey complaint, Kuzian v. Electrolux Home Products, filed in June 2012, listed five models of Electrolux Icon French door and side-by-side units that the Charlotte, North Carolina-based company began making and selling in 2008 and 2009 at prices ranging from $1,900 to $3,600. The freezer stopped producing ice within a year. Sears repaired the unit, though the fix lasted only six months, after which the ice maker ceased working again, and, this time, the refrigerator’s front electronic display stopped working too. The complaint also alleged that the refrigerator’s interior light stayed on when the door was closed, causing damage to the unit and bringing its internal temperature above what is safe for food storage, leading to at least $500 in perished groceries.
Nagel Rice alleged that the problem was caused by a design defect that “manifests during the expected useful life of the refrigerators, both within and outside applicable warranty periods,” requiring costly repairs to and replacements of the products. In addition, the complaint alleged, Electrolux knew “or was reckless in not knowing” about the defect, which the company did not correct despite numerous customer complaints.
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