SETTLEMENT UPDATE (January 18, 2016) - Chambers, et al. v. Whirlpool Corporation, Sears Holdings Corp. and Sears, Roebuck & Co., Inc.
Whirlpool Agrees to Settlement of Dishwasher Class Action
Whirlpool Corporation has agreed to settle claims brought by my attorneys, Rifkin, Weiner, Livingston, Levitan & Silver, LLC, and their co-counsel alleging that up to 24 million dishwashers Whirlpool-manufactured dishwashers, branded Whirlpool, KitchenAid and Kenmore, have a design defect that can cause the control board to overheat and catch fire.
If you owned one of those dishwashers and it overheated or caught on fire within 12 years of purchase, Whirlpool has agreed to reimburse you for the full cost of repair, or up to $300 if you bought a replacement dishwasher. Owners who have an overheating event within 2 years after the settlement can get a 30% discount on a new Whirlpool-manufactured dishwasher (in addition to any other promotions or rebates), or a cash payment of $100.
Approximately 6 million Class members who bought certain models can get a rebate of 10-20% on a new Whirlpool-brand dishwasher, even if it never overheated or caught fire, and even if they no longer own the dishwasher. Whirlpool has also agreed to post safety warnings on service and training bulletins, and to post notice of the settlement benefits on packaging for replacement parts.
Additional information is available on the settlement website: www.dishwashersettlement.com
Dishwasher Fire, Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Sears Kenmore, Maytag, KitchenAidFire.com
June 17, 2014
Class Action filed in United States on November 3, 2011 (see "Solutions" below)
Class Action filed in Canada on September 9, 2013
On September 9, 2013, Klein Lyons together with Alberta law firm James H. Brown & Associates filed a class action lawsuit against Whirlpool Corporation, Sears Holdings Management Corporation, Sears Roebuck and Co., Inc., Sears Canada Inc., Whirlpool Canada Co. and Whirlpool Canada LP, for manufacturing and selling defective dishwashers that can have serious failings including spontaneous fires from a defective control panel.
The lawsuit has been brought on behalf of Canadian consumers who purchased Whirlpool, KitchenAide and Kenmore branded dishwashers. The lawsuit alleges that the dishwashers are dangerously defective. Specifically, the electronic control board on the dishwashers may overheat, causing a fire.
The complaint in that action alleges that the dishwashers contain a dangerous defect and the product is a fire hazard. Each dishwasher is equipped with an electronic control board and has a unreasonable propensity to over-heat. The Defendants have known about this product defect for years, and yet have failed to take appropriate corrective action, including warning consumers, recalling or repairing the product and is in breach of the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act and the Sale of Goods Act.
Have you had a fire, flood or injury with a toaster oven, coffee maker, clothes washer, clothes dryer, refrigerator, freezer, dehumidifier, range hood, food processor, mixer, grill, slow cooker, cooktop, trash compactor, stove, disposer, microwave, oven, air conditioner, water heater, made by Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Kenmore, Maytag, Jenn-air, Amana?
Please submit your safety incident report here: WhirlpoolSafetyDefects.com
-- Penn Holderness, NBC News
Do you have video of your Whirlpool manufactured dishwasher on fire?
If you had a Maytag dishwasher "Rinse Aid Recall" Fire call Attorney Raymond Gill at (732) 324-7600, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Law firm http://www.gillandchamas.com
The defect in the Maytag unit, concerned the container for Rinse Aid, which is an additional liquid that you put in the dishwasher, in its own container, to facilitate the waters removal from the clean dishes so as to eliminate spots on glass. The minerals in Rinse Aid erode the plastic in the Rinse Aid container, leak to the electrical components, and they would short and combust. Whirlpool initiated a recall of 2.5 million units. The recall consisted of an in-home repair. However the repair consisted simply of replacement of the plastic dish with another plastic dish and SOMETIMES the wiring harness. These units are susceptible to combust even after the recall repairs were made.