GE and Hotpoint class action settlement
If you have a GE or Hotpoint refrigerator that puddles, produces rusty ice water and you purchased it in 2002 or 2003, you may be entitled to be a part of a class action suit pending. In 2001 GE redesigned the innards of their refrigerators to comply with new energy guidelines…but they used the older door which in some cases just didn’t seal properly. Here’s where you get the puddling water, fluctuating temperature controls and possibly a non functioning fridge.
Although a number of people have been contacted about this for free repair or replacement, not everyone has been included due to a database mixup. There are potentially one million of the defective refrigerators out there, so check yours for compliance.
The settlement negotiated in December 2005 entitles owners of the model numbers of GE and Hotpoint brand refrigerators, with corresponding serial numbers, listed in the suit to a new refrigerator if GE cannot fix their unit with three free attempts. If they have already had three attempts, they automatically receive a new refrigerator.
The settlement also grants owners a one-year extended warranty on the repaired units, and 100 percent reimbursement for out-of-pocket repair expenses, even if the repairs were not by a GE technician. Check out the Web site www.geappliances.com/classaction
. To contact GE about a moisture-related problem with one of the 304 listed model numbers, call (866) 839-4463. The model and serial numbers are in the refrigerator section.