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Class action lawsuit targeting defective LG fridges expands to Utah

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A class action lawsuit claims there is a “latent defect" with LG linear compressors which causes them to prematurely fail. (Photo: KUTV)

LG refrigerators have been failing "en masse." That's the allegation in a lawsuit filed against the appliance giant.

A class action lawsuit claims there is a “latent defect" with LG linear compressors which causes them to prematurely fail.

"Despite its knowledge of the compressor defect, LG sold and continues to sell the LG refrigerators without alerting purchasers to the problem."

Simon S. Grille is a lawyer with California based Girard Sharp, the law firm bringing the suit. He told Get Gephardt that it's a "nationwide case ... which includes a Utah subclass."

LG declined to comment on the new legal challenge except to say, "it would be inaccurate to describe this as nationwide." LG declined to elaborate.

LG has previously told Get Gephardt that LG fridges fail due to "various factors."

"The good news is that LG refrigerators come with a five-year labor and 10-year limited warranty on the linear compressor," its spokesperson previously said.

More information on the lawsuit can be found here.

Over the past year, Get Gephardt has been reporting on consumers in Utah whose relatively new LG fridges stopped working. Worse, they have struggled to get their fridges repaired under warranty in a timely manner

LG has previously told Get Gephardt that LG fridges fail due to "various factors."

"The good news is that LG refrigerators come with a five-year labor and 10-year limited warranty on the linear compressor," its spokesperson previously said.

Get Gephardt reported in April how the compressor on Dave Pickle’s three-year-old LG refrigerator stopped working. It was eventually repaired under warranty, but between trying to find available parts and a serviceman available to do the job, Pickle says it took too long.

"It was like a full month and it was ridiculous," he said.

Last December, Sherry Knight told Get Gephardt her nine-month-old fridge stopped working. She says repairmen told her repairs could take several months.

"The more appliance places I call, the more I realize that this is a bigger issue than just my fridge," she said.

Get Gephardt has also reported on the messy break up between Utah appliance repair company Appliance Service by Paul and LG.

Owner Paul Dodge said his company was struggling to keep up with the plethora of LG fridge service calls leading him to make the decision to sever ties with LG.

LG declined to comment on the break up for the original broadcast story but, after it aired, claimed LG initiated the break up.