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Old 11-06-2014, 04:33 PM   #21
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But they did recall fridges for a potential leak.
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https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sour...xRt_AkrhBnHOvg

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Yay! This one does not affect me
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Old 11-06-2014, 04:39 PM   #22
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I think it is a heat shield and a thermo click type switch which is what is on mine. The red wires go to the switch and the shield are in front of the valve

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Old 11-06-2014, 04:42 PM   #23
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Thank you Onetonford! I appreciate the pic
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Old 11-07-2014, 12:19 AM   #24
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This recall wasn't due to "exploding"
Refrigerators.

It had to do with a shield.

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Well, kinda I guess.. the shield keeps the explosion from happening. If the ammonia leaks the shield diverts it away from the direct flame burning, which prevents the explosion.
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Old 11-07-2014, 12:28 AM   #25
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Please forgive me for asking to see the backup references on "Dometic refrigerators" as well. Seems to me it was a reasonable request for the related article(s), so all Forest River owners who have one of those in their RV, can be better informed.

After all kind sir, that is one of the major benifits of this forum, wouldn't you agree!

Did you really need to be nasty.
Point is, this has been an ongoing issue for several years, the OP posted about Norcold having issues, several replys were along the lines of "no worries here, I have a Dometic" so I posted what seems like basic, old knowledge that Dometic has also had problems, this is not just a Norcold thing.
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Old 11-07-2014, 07:39 AM   #26
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Thanks for the info. on this I'll check my new unit but it is a 4 door side by side type frig. but I'll be checking it for recalls. Thanks
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Old 11-07-2014, 08:03 AM   #27
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"Yet the company hasn’t changed the design that a Thetford employee acknowledged in testimony lies at the heart of the problem, a metal boiler tube that can crack, allowing flammable gases to escape."

I think he was referring to this part of the article.

"A company engineer also testified in a 2012 deposition that Norcold has paid claims on more than 800 fires allegedly caused by its 1200 series refrigerator since 1999."

The lawsuit seems limited to one series of NORCOLD RV fridge; the 1200 series.

"(Sweden’s Dometic Group makes refrigerators with a similar design, which have also been the subject of lawsuits and an NHTSA recall.)"

This recall added a thermal switch to shut down the fridge in case there is a stack overheat for any reason. The recall was limited to certain fridge models that used a boiler tube shield made similarly.

Official Dometic Recall - DometicUSA

Anyone who has not done this simple modification is encouraged to have it done. The recall has been around for several years and involves adding a heat sensing thermal breaker and a sheet metal shield (that also prevents flame blowout while traveling).

The article referenced indicates over 80% compliance to date, but that number is based on total units manufactured and does not include scrapped units or units that were repaired/replaced prior to the recall.

If your fridge has the stack over temperature breaker your unit is as safe as any evaporative unit is going to be.
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