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Subject:  Class Action Suit- defective furnace
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PatsyO2
(California)

Posts:14


05/16/2010 8:55 AM  
I just recently found out that the manufacturer of my defective furnace had a class action suit against them in 2001. My HOA didn't alert us until 2002 that our furnaces were defective and never mentioned anything about this lawsuit. At that time our board and operation manager were incompetent; last year the homeowners voted all of them out.

I approached our current board and management company about this and I'm afraid they want to just sweep it away. This is how I worded my request, "I'm inquiring on this past class action suit irrespective if I was entitled to it or not. In the future if something like this happens again as a (community name)homeowner am I solely responsible for being notified about alerts, recalls, or class action suits pertaining to my (community name) town home?

Should I just drop the matter and I think the current board would I do because it means more headaches for them?

Thank you,
Patsy
JohnB26


Posts:0


05/16/2010 10:58 AM  
Who owns the furnace in question?

If you ... your problem.
If it is a common element ... HOA problem.
PatsyO2
(California)

Posts:14


05/16/2010 11:07 AM  
This is a furnace in my attic and I realize it's "inside" and not an outside fixture. But we found out about the alert from the HOA in 2002.

Thanks,
PatsyO2
SteveM9
(Massachusetts)

Posts:3537


05/16/2010 1:31 PM  
Should I just drop the matter and I think the current board would I do because it means more headaches for them?


I'm confused, this happened 9 years ago. What solution are you looking for?
RobertR1
(South Carolina)

Posts:5164


05/16/2010 2:26 PM  
Patsy,
The question was: Who owns the furnance? Who changes tthe filters and who pays for maintenance?
DonnaS
(Tennessee)

Posts:5671


05/16/2010 3:24 PM  

Patsy,

Is it still operating okay? If it is I wonder why the concern now. Probably out of any warranty by now anyhow and as long as it hasn't blown up, I'd say that you might have not had a defective one.
PatsyO2
(California)

Posts:14


05/16/2010 3:25 PM  
There were 132 townhomes with these defective furnaces in our attics. Each home owner is responsible to maintain their furnaces. But it was the HOA that alerted us about the furnace defective in 2002. They contracted heating company to inspect each furnace and gave us an "ok" but find out later they ignored the warnings sent out by the CPSC. Just this year the new HOA board is enforcing they we have them inspected. The gas company "red tagged" my furnace last week.

GlenL
(Ohio)

Posts:5491


05/16/2010 4:16 PM  
Patsy, a lot can happen in a year let alone nine, I would say that the HOA did its due diligence back in 2002. You need to contact the furnace manufacturer and find out if you are still covered in the settlement or if it has expired.

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