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Do Electrolux, Whirlpool Dishwashers Pose a Fire Risk?

This Alert Affects:

Consumers who experienced problems with their dishwashers.

Reported Problems
Fires, flooding, leaking, and property damage
What Brands Are Affected?
Whirlpool, Inc. and Electrolux, which sells dishwashers under a number of brand names, including Kenmore and Frigidaire.

Consumers who experienced problems with their dishwashers may be able to participate in a class action lawsuit to recover financial compensation. It has been alleged that certain makes of dishwashers contain a defect in which the control panel does not turn the heating element off. In turn, the heating element can melt down to burn the pan in two places, allowing water to leak from the dishwasher and, if not detected, liquefying the plastic and igniting a fire, according to the allegations.

If you experienced these problems with your dishwasher, you may be able to participate in class action lawsuit to recover compensation for property damage, the cost of your dishwasher, and other losses. To find out if you are eligible, fill out our free case review form today for more information. There is no cost or obligation in filling out our form.

Dishwasher Complaints Posted Online

A number of consumers have taken to online message boards and forums to share the problems they experienced with Electrolux, Kenmore, Frigidaire and Whirlpool brand dishwashers. Their complaints included the following:

  • Electrical, burning or melted plastic smell
  • Circuit board on the back of the control panel caught on fire
  • Sprayer arm melted onto the heating coil
  • Heating element never turned off, melting everything in the dishwasher
  • Electric board burned
  • Overflowing, forming puddles on the kitchen floors
  • Water which leaked out of the dishwasher and into other areas of the house, including basements and garages

If you’ve experienced any of these problems, your dishwasher could be defective.

Electrolux Lawsuit: Dishwashers Pose Fire Risk

Kenmore, Frigidaire Brands Also Covered by Suit

In 2012, a class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of “all persons in the United States that purchased or otherwise acquired an Electrolux designed and/or manufactured dishwasher primarily for personal, family, or household purposes,” seeking compensation for an alleged design defect.  The suit alleges that the heating element in some Electrolux dishwashers can come into contact with the polymer tub floor and pose a fire risk. The suit also claims that the company knew or should have known about the risk posed to consumers’ lives and property, yet failed to take appropriate action to protect their customers. Because Electrolux also manufactures Kenmore and Frigidaire dishwashers, certain makes of these appliances are also covered by the suit.

Consumer: Kenmore Dishwasher Caught Fire

Consumers have taken to the internet to express their concerns that a number of dishwashers, including those sold under the Kenmore name, may pose a fire risk. The problem has also attracted media attention, with a local Oregon news outlet reporting on the topic.

On Sept. 11, 2012, KGW posted a story online detailing the experience of Portland resident David Vale. Vale claims he heard a “popping noise” from his dishwasher and noticed white smoke streaming out of the dishwasher’s door. According to Vale, the entire kitchen and dining room was filled with smoke and, despite his best efforts, he couldn’t turn off the appliance. The report claims Vale had to turn off the circuit breaker to “stop the glow that was showing through the front of the dishwasher.” The fire burned a hole through the top plastic panel of the dishwasher and caused smoke damage to a granite countertop. Investigators from the KGW news team investigated the incident, and found that both the circuit board and front panel wire both melted. This dishwasher was manufactured by Whirlpool.

Whirlpool Dishwasher Problems May Include Leaks, Fires

Whirlpool has faced allegations that its dishwashers are defective since 2012 when a local NBC news outlet reported on a couple whose Whirlpool dishwasher caught fire. A repair man reportedly found that the dishwasher’s electronic control board was charred, a problem he noted in other dishwashers. A class action lawsuit was filed over these dishwashers, claiming that their electronic control boards were defective and could spontaneously overheat, causing components in the dishwashers to melt, emit smoke and fumes, and combust.

In complaints posted online, one Colorado resident reported that her Whirlpool dishwasher leaked and ruined her wood floor, which has made it difficult for her to sell her home. Another consumer said her Whirlpool dishwasher leaked and flooded the kitchen, only to experience another leak after it was repaired by a professional plumber. As of July 2012, multiple reports have surfaced that Whirlpool dishwasher pumps and sump assemblies are flooding consumers’ houses due to a design flaw. The sump assembly’s design allegedly provides insufficient pressure to prevent detachment and may cause leaks. The same flaw may also be found around the pump / motor assembly, which can detach due to insufficient support.

Fire “In or Around” Frigidaire Dishwasher May Be Cause of Elderly Woman’s Death

While the Frigidaire brand name has not been linked to as many complaints as Whirlpool, investigators believe a fire involving a Frigidaire dishwasher killed an elderly Oregon woman. In addition, dozens of reports have surfaced online from consumers who experienced fires with their dishwashers. One consumer claims his Frigidaire “burst into flames,” while another reported that his dishwasher caught fire and burned his house down. Other damage noted in these consumer complaints include singed countertops, damaged glassware, and mold damage to walls and carpeting.

If you experienced a fire, leak or other problem with your dishwasher, you may be entitled to compensation. Do not hesitate to contact us today for a free, no-obligation case review to find out if you can join a class action for your dishwasher problems.

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