We have two new investigations for you this week, and both have to do with fire hazards. Consumers have been reporting unexpected fires in their 2013-2019 Toyota RAV4s, as well as several big-name dishwashers from Electrolux and Kenmore. From there, we’ll revisit an investigation into exploding Kia sunroofs and touch on a recently filed lawsuit that takes issue with how FanDuel represents the amount of time left in sporting events to its users. All the details, plus the latest in class action settlements, can be found just below. Thanks for stopping by, and stay safe out there.
If we’re being honest, dishwashers aren’t the first appliances that come to mind when we think of fire hazards. Despite this, it has been alleged that certain dishwashers from several leading brands contain defective control panels that can cause the appliances to overheat. It is believed that the defect works like this: the control panel fails to turn off the heating elements in the machines, allowing them to continue to heat up and potentially catch fire. Consumers have reported the smell of smoke and burning plastic, hissing and popping noises, spraying water and flooding from holes in the bottom of the machines, and even visible flames. If you had any of these issues with your dishwasher, especially if you own an Electrolux, Kenmore or Frigidaire model, you may be able to help get lawsuits rolling that could help consumers get back the money they spent on repairs and replacements. Want more? You can find all the information you need here.
Continuing with the theme of fire hazards, some 2013-2019 Toyota RAV4 drivers have reported that their vehicles are prone to catching fire or smoking even when the engines aren’t running. Owners have also reported warning lights on the dashboard that indicate a computer system malfunction. A recent memo from the National Highway Traffic Safety administration revealed that a battery issue may be to blame – and now, attorneys working with ClassAction.org have launched an investigation to determine whether lawsuits can be filed. A successful lawsuit could help RAV4 drivers recover the money they spent on repairs or replacement vehicles, but the attorneys need more information before a class action can get off the ground. So, if this sounds like something you’ve experienced, share your story with us here.
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Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are taking another look at the investigation into whether a defect is causing the panoramic sunroofs in certain 2011-2015 Kia vehicles to shatter or explode without warning. It is believed that a manufacturing defect is the cause, but Kia continues to blame the spontaneous shattering on rocks or other debris and consistently refuses to pay for repairs – even when the vehicle in question is still under warranty. A successful lawsuit could help drivers get back the money they spent on repairs and force Kia to take responsibility by offering a fix. The re-opened investigation is focusing on California drivers, so if you live in California and had your Kia panoramic sunroof shatter or explode, share your story with us here.
If I were a betting man, I’d like to know how much time is left in the sporting event I’m betting on before I put money down. As it turns out, I’m not a betting man, but those who do place their sport bets via FanDuel are alleging that the service is lying about how much time is left in live sporting events – and a proposed class action has been filed as a result. The lawsuit claims that the popular betting platform regularly misrepresents the amount of time remaining in a given live event as a way to “induce” customers into making wagers that are riskier and are more likely to lose. An example outlined in the complaint shows screenshots from FanDuel’s “real-time” report of a college basketball game in which the first screenshot says that there are six minutes left in the game and the second screenshot (taken one minute later) says that there are eight minutes left in the same game. For more information on the allegations being made, head over to this page.
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