A class action brought against Whirlpool Corporation, et al. by lead Plaintiff Steve Chambers and others has reached settlement in United States District Court for the Central District of California.
The suit alleged:
– that certain Whirlpool, KitchenAid and Kenmore dishwashers have a design defect causing electrical resistance heating that burns or sets fire to the dishwashers’ electronic boards or other nearby components;
– flames from the fires occasionally escape or spread outside the machine;
– the dishwashers’ thermal cut-off devices suffered from nuisance tripping; and
– Whirlpool has become aware that some service personnel have bypassed thermal cut-off devices, increasing the risk of fire escaping or spreading outside the dishwashers.
Rather than undergo the expense and uncertainty of further litigation, the Parties settled. According to the settlement, if you purchased or owned a KitchenAid, Kenmore or Whirlpool dishwasher manufactured between October 2000 and January 2006, you may be entitled to a variety of benefits, including:
– rebate on the purchase of a new dishwasher; and
– reimbursement for expenses incurred due to past or future dishwasher overheating events.
In addition, Defendants agreed to provide additional benefits to owners of certain dishwashers manufactured from 1995 – 2010 that observed or experienced an “overheating event” from their dishwashers. An overheating event is smoke, flames, fumes, sparks, or electrical arcing from the control console area/electronic control board of their dishwashers.
DO’S AND DON’TS
DO go to the suit’s settlement site, accessible here: https://www.dishwashersettlement.com/Landing.aspx
DO file your claim online or by regular mail, using the easily understandable choices and button;
DO file your claim online or ensure that it is postmarked by June 2, 2016.
DO ensure that you purchased or owned one of the subject dishwashers:
– manufactured between October 2000 and January 2006; OR
– manufactured from 1995 – 2010 and observed or experienced an “overheating event” from your dishwasher.
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