Frigidaire Complaint - Frigidaire Microwave Catches Fire/Blames Customer
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA -- My Microwave oven caught fire while using the baked potato auto sensor setting on the microwave. The food/compartment area started on fire and flooded my home with smoke. My first round with Electrolux Corporation Customer Service, the CSR chastised me for using paper towel in the microwave (see user manual page 6 on paper toweling and the endorsed use thereof). The next phone call was to Frigidaire, which said the accident was due to my not purchasing an extended warranty agreement. I made some progress with second supervisor. The company offered to have an authorized dealer come out to service/replace parts (due to the sensor failure which caused the fire) at Frigidaire's expense. An authorized tech did come to my home and declared all parts fixable except the interior box. Since one of the parts requiring replacement (the compartment, scorched, discolored) is not available for replacement; Frigidaire is offering me a 60% rebate (customer penalty 40%) on a new unit. The company has fully conceded to paying for replacement parts and the labor to fix the microwave, Unless!- the parts are unavailable. The unit is trashed on the inside, but because the part is 'unavailable' and the unit is out of warranty, I am stuck with a torched microwave oven. The microwave reeks, the sensor panels are scorched and the Electrolux Corporation identification plate inside the oven is scorched beyond recognition. I am lucky my house didn't burn down. This product is not safe. Frigidaire is more interested in blaming and punishing the customer for parts unavailability than fixing a problem. Frigidaire has reneged on an agreement to provide parts and labor to fix my microwave oven.
In dealing with Frigidaire's Customer Service Department; it sounds like there is a huge party going on in the background. The CSRs stick to a script and insist that if a part is unavailable, too bad for the customer. The CSR's are very limited in their abilities to manage serious consumer concerns, however, in fairness to them, limited by Frigidaire to proactively see a problem through to resolution. The worst part of their representative's behavior was saying (though they admit liability) I should go after the dealer for total replacement, not them. I am standing by to hear from Electrolux Corporation as well as from the Liability Department of Frigidaire. Frigidaire and Electrolux both are the subject of a Consumer Protection Agency report filed last week.
Update: one attempt from Frigidaire, a message left on my cell phone. BBB forced Liability Department to respond to my complaint. Still dragging their feet. Frigidaire avoids consumer satisfaction like the plague.