According to WPRI, KitchenAid dishwashers may be prone to causing dangerous fires. Reportedly, homeowners from around the country have rained in complaints that their dishwashers have unexpectedly sparked or burst into flames. Apparently, the circuit boards and wiring in the possibly defective products are the cause of the fires. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has also confirmed that they received reports of the danger and is in the process of investigating.
Homeowners from around the country have rained in complaints that their dishwashers have unexpectedly sparked or burst into flames.
In the news article, one user commented, "Typically we run it at night when we go to bed. Thank god we didn't do that." This quote illustrates the extreme danger that these potentially defective products could present to consumers. Before the actual fire, some warning signs appear to include the smell of smoke and burning plastic. Some firefighters called to the scenes have observed that if the incidents were not stopped early, the fires would most likely spread. One class action lawsuit has already been filed, citing the substantial and unreasonable risk of property damage, injury and death.
Whirlpool, the parent company of KitchenAid, commented: "We are currently investigating incidents that have been brought to our attention, and as always, working closely with appropriate product safety agencies in doing so."
If you or a loved one has owned a KitchenAid dishwasher and have experienced fire or any other related incident, you may be eligible to enter a class action lawsuit against Whirlpool. The current suit claims that Whirlpool knew about the dangerous defect but failed to warn consumers. The company has not yet commented on the pending class action suit.