Norcold Fire-Prone RV & Boat Refrigerators
Norcold RV fires
Thousands of consumers nationwide that purchased Norcold RV and boat refrigerators are now finding out these products may have a design defect making them a fire hazard risk. Zimmerman Reed filed a class action on behalf of RV owners alleging that Norcold knew of the RV refrigerator fire risk, but hid that information from the public.
The refrigerators contain flammable gases - including Hydrogen Gas - under high pressure. The gases are heated by electricity or propane to circulate and provide the refrigeration effect.
Fires are caused when defects in the refrigerator design release the flammable gases, which can then Explosively Ignite and spread quickly through the refrigerator compartment and into the passenger area of the RV.
In 2000, the company issued a series of limited product safety recalls for their Norcold RV refrigerator - and that if retrofitted with a thermal sensor, the refrigerators would be safe to use. This so-called fix not only permanently disabled the electronic controls at times, there were several other defects that went unaddressed.
More than 2,000 fires resulting in millions of dollars in property damage, personal injury, and death have been reported since 1999.