Consumer appliance giant GD Midea Holding Co. has agreed to pay a $4.6 million fine after tests by the Department of Energy found that four of the company's freezers or refrigerator-freezers didn’t meet federal energy conservation standards.
Two of the freezer models were sold under the Kenmore brand. One of the freezers, a Kenmore 6.9 cubic foot chest model, used 55 percent more energy than the federal standard allows, according to DOE tests. More than 83,000 units were sold.
Another Kenmore freezer, a 5.1 cubic foot model with sales of 191,00 units, consumed 28 percent more energy than federal standards permit.
The agreement bars Midea from importing or distributing the models. Also, the company must export or destroy all units in its possession in the United States within the next 120 days.