GE Gas Stove Manufacturer Concealed Harmful Pollutant Emissions Risk, Class Action Says
Drake v. Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
Filed: March 2, 2023 ◆§ 3:23-cv-00939-VC
A class action lawsuit alleges the maker of GE gas stoves has concealed from consumers that the products emit harmful pollutants that may cause adverse health conditions, including an increased risk of asthma in children.
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A proposed class action lawsuit alleges the maker of GE gas stoves has concealed from consumers that the products emit harmful pollutants that may cause adverse health conditions, including an increased risk of asthma in children.
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The 26-page lawsuit claims that although GE manufacturer Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc. knew of the emissions “defect,” the company failed to disclose in marketing materials, on product packaging and stickers and in instruction manuals and installation guides that the gas stoves emitted pollutants, such as nitrogen oxides, that are harmful to human health.
According to the suit, gas stoves, including the GE products at issue, have long been known to release air pollutants such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides, which have been linked to numerous health conditions and may increase the risk of respiratory illnesses like asthma, particularly in children. In fact, long-term nitrogen dioxide exposure—which can be dangerous at even low levels—is associated with decreased cognitive function, notably in children, the case relays.
As the complaint tells it, children in homes with gas stoves are 42 percent more likely to develop asthma, as these households experience between 50 and 400 percent higher levels of nitrogen dioxide than homes with electric stoves.
“This risk is avoidable,” the filing charges, alleging Haier could have mitigated the pollutant risk by opting for a readily available alternative gas stove design that limits emissions and has been used by other manufacturers for decades.
The plaintiff, a California resident, purchased a GE model JGS66DEKWW gas stove in November 2022, the suit says. Because the man saw no warnings about the risk of pollutants on the product’s packaging, stickers, or in the manual or installation guide, he believed that the appliance posed no such danger to his health, the case claims. The plaintiff would not have bought the gas stove if he had known it emitted unsafe air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides, the complaint states.
The lawsuit looks to represent anyone in the United States who purchased a gas stove made by Haier US Appliance Solutions, including those sold under the GE brand, within the applicable statute of limitations period.
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