I would also like to be included in any class action suit. I have a $3300 black stainless refrigerator purchased 10-31-2017 that began peeling after just 16 months. The peeling is now quite severe, affecting all 4 doors, and has resulted in extensive rust in places where the finish has peeled. Despite Samsung's claims, the finish is not "purely cosmetic"; its function is to protect the unit from damage due to rust, and it has FAILED in this function. Eventually it will rust through the surface of the door and compromise the ability of the refrigerator to insulate and keep food cold. This problem with the finish clearly constitutes a manufacturing defect. Samsung knows this is a problem for all of their black stainless appliances; the finish is a film so thin they cannot possibly have expected it to last. It is c ompletely irresponsible to manufacture it in this way. Even if one were to accept Samsung's contention that the finish is "purely cosmetic," this is not a sufficient reason for Samsung to evade responsibility for manufacturing and selling a defective product. The cosmetic features of appliances are a major selling point of great importance to consumers. Appliances are explicitly marketed and sold as objects that are supposed to improve the appearance of your kitchen. The peeling finish is directly contradictory to that function. Moreover, the marketing of these appliances is deceptive and arguably fraudulent. They are marketed as stainless steel, but are clearly "fake stainless," as demonstrated by their vulnerability to rust. A previous class action lawsuit was filed in Florida, Ferris v Samsung, based on the false marketing of appliances as stainless steel when they are in fact just a thin film over top of a non-stainless material. Sadly that lawsuit was voluntarily withdrawn with no settlement benefiting the larger class.
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