Fires are the worst nightmares of homeowners, and they can be just as frightening for you as an RV owner. You’ve likely invested the same amount of time and money into your home away from home as you have in a stationary home. Motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheel trailers and luxury RVs are supposed to be safe, but it takes one defective product causing a fire to undermine this sense of safety.
Since 1997, more than 3,000 RV fires and explosions have been caused by Dometic refrigerators. These have also been known to be installed in horse trailers, boats and conversion vehicles. These explosions and fires have caused more than $100 million in property damage and injuries.
Between 1997 and 2006, these failing gas absorption refrigerators were installed in 1.5 million RVs. Dometic issued recalls for these products but had initially failed to warn or fully resolve the issues with these refrigerators.
If you have a Dometic refrigerator, you may be at risk for loss of property or even your life. The cause of these fires stems from small stress fractures that develop in the boiler tubes. These cracks release the ammonia refrigerant solution, which can ignite if exposed to a spark or flame.
To find out if your Dometic refrigerator is subject to recall, you may find that information at the company’s website or by contacting an attorney at Ennis & Ennis, P.A.
In 2002, the Sidney, Ohio company of Norcold, Inc. voluntarily recalled 360 of its free-standing, combination gas and electric refrigerators. Tubing in the cooling unit was prone to cracking. Flammable gas leaking from these fractures in the tubing presented a fire or burn hazard for consumers who had these products in their recreational vehicles. The Norcold refrigerators affected by the recall are models 1200, 1201, 1210 and 1211.
There are criteria you must meet in order to make a claim for compensation for a Dometic or Norcold refrigerator fire.
If you meet these requirements, your next step is contacting an experienced defective products attorney.
For more than 30 years, Ennis & Ennis has helped clients across the United States obtain compensation for defective and dangerous products like the faulty Dometic and Norcold refrigerators. Attorneys David and Holly Ennis have the experience to build your individual or class action lawsuit into a formidable pursuit of compensation for damage to your property or physical health.
If you or a loved one have been injured or suffered a personal or financial loss due to a fire caused by a Dometic or Norcold refrigerator that has been recalled you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the RV refrigerator fire attorneys of Ennis & Ennis, P.A. by filling out the form on this page or by calling our office for a free case evaluation.