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All fired up: Grill conflict ends happily

Posted by Mitch Lipka  January 28, 2014 10:30 AM

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grill.jpgQ. I purchased a brand new $6,000 Fire Magic grill from grillandpatio.com last June. It was installed at the beginning of July and by the end of August the computer display became garbled and failed soon after. The seller of the grill has supplied various parts under warranty, and I have paid $700 to a grill repair person for three visits that failed to resolve the issue. The seller advised me to contact the manufacturer, RH Peterson Co., which I did shortly before Thanksgiving. I was promised a new grill to be delivered and installed (with the faulty grill removed) and made the case for reimbursement of my repair bills. Two months later, I’m told the grill is being held up due to paperwork issues and there’s no resolution on the repair bills. I am truly at my wits end.


A. For $6,000 you would expect a grill to work. Heck, you’d expect that even if you paid $150.

We’ve talked a lot about defective products lately and the obligation the seller has in Massachusetts to refund, repair, or replace it. In this case the seller, a Florida-based company, passed the problem to the manufacturer. After a very slight nudge, the logjam holding up your replacement was broken, and the issue of paying for the repairs solved.

“Resolving the issues with (the consumer's) Fire Magic grill has taken too long, and for that we apologize,” said Leslie S. Bortz, president of RH Peterson. “After several attempts to fix the grill with new parts were not successful, we made the decision to send (him) a new grill. The paperwork to do that has been processed and the grill will be sent from our factory this week. We have also let (him) know that we will cover his expenses for the service work and the installation of the new grill.”

Sometimes, a consumer just needs a little help to be heard. If only with every company I dealt was with so agreeable. Whether it’s using social networking, a consumer agency, a consumer advocate or the Better Business Bureau, amplifying your voice can help get the message to the right people.

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Mitch Lipka is one of America's leading consumer journalists and advocates. He is an expert in product safety, recalls, scams, and helping consumers get out of jams. He is a nationally known consumer columnist and runs TheConsumerChronicle.com. He lives in Worcester. You can find him on Facebook or reach him at ConsumerNews@Aol.com

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