- On Mar. 20, 2012, a plaintiff's Dometic refrigerator unexpectedly erupted into flames, damaging both the refrigerator and the RV. Flames and smoke were seen coming out from the RV vents near the location of the refrigerator. Members of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue department arrived and removed the refrigerator, as it was identified as the source of the fire. On Apr. 3, 2012, the plaintiffs contacted Dometic via telephone, and notified it of the malfunction. That same day, the plaintiffs emailed Dometic and included photographs of the damage and additional information. The plaintiffs again emailed Dometic and included further photographs, days later. Dometic did not respond.
- On Aug. 16, 2015, without warning, another plaintiff lost their entire RV as well as a large covered wooden deck surrounding the RV due to an unexpected malfunction of their Dometic refrigerator.
- On Mar. 1, 2016, one consumer's refrigerator malfunctioned and ignited a fire without warning while parked on their property. A thermal disc fail-safe device had been installed. The RV was completely destroyed in the fire, which also caused damage to the plaintiff's personal property and surrounding property.
- On Mar. 27, 2016, without warning, another plaintiffs' refrigerator malfunctioned and ignited a fire. He witnessed flames from his RV's refrigerator vent. His RV was completely destroyed in the fire, which also caused damage to his house and surrounding property.
In addition, the suit states that Dometic resorted to "retaining a cadre of regionally based fire investigators, third-party claims administrators, attorneys and various engineering and metallurgical experts" upon each report of a refrigerator fire or explosion deployed "for the express purpose of diverting attention" from the refrigerators as the cause of the fire and to hide the issue from the public.Find out more about the lawsuit against Dometic. About Hagens Berman Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP is a consumer-rights class-action law firm with offices in 10 cities. The firm has been named to the National Law Journal's Plaintiffs' Hot List eight times. More about the law firm and its successes can be found at www.hbsslaw.com. Follow the firm for updates and news at @ClassActionLaw.