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DOE Opens Three Investigations into Alleged Refrigerator Efficiency Violations

April 12, 2010 - 7:27pm

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The Department of Energy has issued one subpoena and two data requests to three companies in response to allegations that the companies are selling refrigerator-freezers that failed to meet federal energy efficiency standards. Under the subpoena, Arçelik A.S, a Turkish Company is required to submit detailed information about the design, marketing and U.S. sales of its Blomberg brand refrigerator-freezer, model “BRFB1450.” The Department also requested testing data from Whirlpool Corporation and Viking Range Corporation for two refrigerator-freezers that the companies previously certified as compliant with the efficiency standards -- Whirlpool’s Maytag refrigerator-freezer model “MSD2578VE ” and Viking Range’s refrigerator-freezer model “VCSB542.” While DOE has not prejudged these cases, the Department takes seriously and will respond promptly to all credible information that products do not meet the federal energy efficiency standards.

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