Midea America Corp., Hefei Hualing Co., Ltd., and China Refrigeration Industry Co., Ltd. (“Midea”)—all subsidiaries or affiliates of GD Midea Holding Co., Ltd.—agreed to pay $4,562,838 after admitting in a Compromise Agreement that one refrigerator-freezer basic model and three freezer basic models fail to meet the relevant federal energy conservation standards. Specifically, Midea admitted that the DOE-tested units of the offending basic models consumed energy at approximately the following rates:
- UL-WD195-D: 55% over the standard
- UL-WD145-D: 28% over the standard
- HS-390C: 8% over the standard
- HD-146F: 8% over the standard
Midea has agreed to permanently cease distributing the noncompliant basic models in the U.S. and to export or destroy all remaining units that might otherwise reach American consumers. Should Midea fail to fulfill these and other obligations in the Compromise Agreement, it will be subject to additional penalties.