Aeon Electric Appliances , which manufactures and sells air conditioning and heaters for homes, businesses and factories, is the latest company to take aim at the air conditioning industry with a lawsuit accusing it of selling faulty products.
The company is seeking a $50 million judgment and $25 million in damages, according to court documents filed Monday in San Francisco.
The allegations include:In the complaint, filed Monday, the company said Aeon sold “susceptible air conditioner units” that failed “without warning” in April 2016 and again in July, and that it was responsible for the “inconsistencies and failures” of those units.
“The failure of Aeon air conditioners is caused by a defect in the air conditioning and heating system, which results in the failure of the units,” the lawsuit said.
“As a result of the failure, customers are exposed to the hazards of indoor air pollution, which is a cause of respiratory diseases, including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.”
The company’s products, it said, are defective and must be replaced by consumers.
In addition, the lawsuit claims that the company “caused harm to customers by failing to warn of the defective air conditionings” and “inappropriately marketed” its products to consumers.
The complaint seeks unspecified monetary damages and attorney fees, and seeks a temporary restraining order prohibiting the company from selling or distributing its air conditionerm units and related products.
Aeon declined to comment.
In the lawsuit, the Air Products and Consumer Protection Agency of California alleges that Aeon marketed “sadly deficient air condition” products to customers and consumers.
It said the company had an obligation to notify customers and to educate them about the dangers of indoor pollution.