February 4, 2016
DOE ordered True Manufacturing Co., Inc., to pay a $36,400 civil penalty after finding True had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. 182 units of True commercial refrigerator basic models TCGG-72 and TCGG-72-S, which did not meet the application energy conservation standard. The Order adopted a Compromise Agreement, which reflected settlement terms between DOE and True.
Federal law subjects manufacturers and private labelers to civil penalties if those parties distribute in the U.S. products that do not meet applicable energy conservation standards. DOE issued a civil penalty notice on January 13, 2016, advising the company of the potential penalties and DOE's administrative process, including the company's right to a hearing.
On October 15, 2015, DOE determined commercial refrigerator basic models TCGG-72 and TCGG-72-S were noncompliant based on the company's own testing. True was required to immediately notify each person (or company) to whom True distributed the noncompliant products that the products do not meet Federal standards. In addition, True provided to DOE documents and records showing the number of units True distributed and to whom.