Anyone who had their gas or electric clothes dryer catch fire.
What's Going On?
Attorneys have reason to believe that certain manufacturers sold defective clothes dryers that can unexpectedly catch fire. They need to hear from consumers whose dryers caught fire to determine whether lawsuits can be filed against these companies.
What Problems Have Been Reported?
Consumers have complained that the dryers can emit noxious odors of melting plastic, burning rubber and gas. They have also reported that the appliances can suddenly catch fire and damage clothes and/or surrounding property.
Which Dryers Are Under Investigation?
Attorneys are specifically interested in hearing from consumers with LG, General Electric (GE) and Whirlpool clothes dryers that were not manufactured by Electrolux. Electrolux has already faced and settled a class action over this problem.
What Can I Do?
Get in touch with us today using the form on this page to tell us about the problems you had with your clothes dryer. When you contact us, we may forward your inquiry to the attorneys investigating this matter.
What Can I Collect In a Lawsuit?
You may be entitled to compensation for your clothes dryer and any damage stemming from a fire.
Attorneys are investigating claims that certain companies sold defective clothes dryers.
It is believed that the design of certain LG, General Electric (GE) and Whirlpool brand clothes dryers allows lint to buildup in inaccessible areas, which may pose a fire hazard. Consumers have complained that their clothes dryers emitted noxious odors and smoke or suddenly caught fire, damaging their laundry and surrounding property. In light of these complaints, attorneys are now looking to file lawsuits against several leading dryer manufacturers and need to hear from consumers to help with their investigation.
If your dryer caught fire, get in touch with us today. We may be able to connect you with a lawyer who can help you recover compensation for your broken machine and any losses stemming from a fire.
What’s Causing Dryer Fires?
Clothes dryers may catch fire for a number of reasons, including:
Faulty gas valves
Control board issues
Attorneys believe, however, that some dryer fires may be caused by an inherent defect in the appliances. Specifically, the design of these dryers may allow lint to bypass the collection vent, build up behind the drum (the part that surrounds the clothing chamber) and come in contact with the machine’s heat source. Because the area where the lint allegedly collects is inaccessible, this problem is especially concerning because property owners would never know that their clothes dryers are suffering from this issue.
LG, GE, Whirlpool Clothes Dryers Under Investigation Over Fire Hazard
Attorneys have reason to believe that certain LG, General Electric (GE) and Whirlpool models may pose a fire hazard.
A number of consumers with these clothes dryers have reported:
Smells of leaking gas and melting plastic
Some additional complaints can be read below.
“The heating element went out on the [Whirlpool Cabrio] dryer when it was less than a year old. I purchased the set at Lowes; they sent out a repair person, who called and told them it was the heating element, and he replaced it. Two weeks went by, and I could smell something burning.” —Consumeraffairs.com
“I bought a washer/dryer from LG and after 6 months dryer smells like the clothes are burning and does not dry clothes. I called LG and they have the date I purchased the dryer which was within a year but because I could not locate receipt they would not help me. My new house could have started on fire.” —Consumeraffairs.com
“Our GE gas dryer (model DPXH46GA4CC) caught on fire inside the housing and under the drum. From my observations this was caused by a buildup of dryer lint in the area of the combustion tube. This lint is a product of poor design on GE's part by attaching the outlet pipe (metal) of the dryer to the outlet of the blower (plastic) that draws air through the dryer drum. This 'seal' was made with a 3/4" wide rubber band. This band was not positioned properly over the joint nor was it secured by any type of adhesive. With slight back pressure on the blower and an ill fitting 'seal' on this joint lint was forced out of the exhaust duct into the inside of the dryer housing. Over several years this accumulation of lint ended up getting to a critical mass near the open flame within the dryer's fire tube and ignited the lint.” — Safeproducts.gov
“I purchased a Whirlpool Washer, Dryer, Refrigerator from Home Depot in January, 2014… Smelled burnt popcorn one day, took clothes out of dryer, discovered there were burn marks on them… I am scared to use the dryer, afraid the house may burn down.” — MyThreeCents.com
Whirlpool Hit with Lawsuit Over Cabrio, Duet Fire Risk
In June 2017, Whirlpool was hit with a proposed class action lawsuit alleging its electric and gas clothes dryers – including its Cabrio and Duet models – were defectively manufactured. According to the suit, a defect in the machines allows lint to collect in a part of the dryer nearby the heat source. The suit says that, to make matters worse, this area is inaccessible and can be cleaned only by taking apart the machine, leaving consumers unaware that their dryer could pose a fire hazard.
Plaintiffs Find Burnt Lint, Report Two Fires
The plaintiffs in the suit purchased a Whirlpool Cabrio gas dryer in early 2011. Approximately five years later, the dryer caught fire while a load of laundry was in cycle, the suit claims. One of the plaintiffs said that she smelled smoke coming from the machine, cleaned the lint screen and restarted the cycle, unaware that a fire had started.
When the smell got worse, the plaintiff’s husband disassembled the dryer and “found a layer of burnt, blackened lint on the dryer floor,” the suit claims. He then allegedly cleaned the dryer floor and blew out the air duct before putting the machine back together. Four months later, however, a larger fire began and when the machine was yet again taken apart, the plaintiff found “wet lint packed in the metal corrugated funnel and burnt lint in the dryer cabinet,” according to the suit.
Whirlpool Recalls Dryers in Europe
The suit claims that Whirlpool knew the dryers were defective and posed a safety risk to consumers, but failed to disclose this information to the public. In fact, the case notes that Whirlpool recalled several brands of dryers made in Europe – namely Indesit, Hotpoint and Creda models – saying that “excess fluff can come into contact with the heating element and present a risk of fire.” Fortune.com reports that these now-recalled dryers were linked to 750 fires since 2004 according to an article from The Sun.
Electrolux Settles Clothes Dryer Fire Hazard Lawsuit
Previously, Electrolux faced a class action lawsuit that alleged some of the company’s ball-hitch clothes dryers were defective in design and posed a fire hazard. In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs alleged that their clothes dryers suddenly caught fire and caused extensive property damage. These fires were caused by lint accumulating behind the drums in these appliances, according to the suit. Electrolux allegedly refused to replace, repair or compensate the plaintiffs for their broken appliances and related damage.
In May 2013, Electrolux agreed to settle the case and compensate a nationwide class of consumers with up to $1,300 for any lost or damaged property related to a dryer fire. The settlement covered a number of Electrolux-manufactured brands, including Frigidaire, Kenmore, Gibson, White Westinghouse, Kelvinator, Tappan and Crosley models.