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Defective Home Appliance

Samsung Washer with Top Detached

Samsung Electronics Canada, Inc. (SECA) is settling a class action about supposed defects in top-loading Samsung and Kenmore top-loading washers that were voluntarily recalled on October 4, 2016. The complaint alleged that the top’s fasteners can detach during operation.

Loaded Dishwasher

This class action, about defects in dishwashers, has a half dozen defendants: Whirlpool Corporation, Sears Holdings Management Corporation, Sears Roebuck and Co., Inc., Sears Canada, Inc., Whirlpool Canada Co., and Whirlpool Canada, LP. The complaint alleged that defects in the dishwashers caused them to overheat, ignite, emit smoke, sparks, fumes, or stop working (an Overheating Event).

LG Refrigerator

When you buy a refrigerator, how long do you expect it to last? The complaint for this class action alleges that, while refrigerators generally last an average of thirteen years, many of those made by LG Electronics USA, Inc. have been failing within three years.

Trane Logo and Units

John Dippoliti bought Trane US, Inc. heating equipment from C&C Heating and Air Conditioning Company because he believed the equipment was reliable. However, when the system failed, the complaint for this class action says, he discovered that the problem was inherent in the design of the unit—a flawed combination of rust inhibitor, compressor oil, and a particular TXV valve design. 

Maxi-Matic Elite Pressure Cooker

The photographs of burn injuries included in the complaint for this class action are horrific. According to the complaint, plaintiff Geniva O’Keefe suffered them because a defect in her Maxi-Matic Elite Bistro pressure cooker allowed her to remove the lid before the pressure had been released. 

Aspen Series BB Identifying Label

It is costing Aspen Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. $45 million to settle a class action alleging that its Series BB evaporator units, including the coils, pans, and other component parts, are defective. Specifically, the complaint claims that the units rusted, causing rust to seep out through condensation drains, leaving rust stains on property or blowing rust particles into the air.

Damage to Lining of Wolf Oven

Wolf Appliance is a leading maker of high-end cooking appliances, such as ranges and ovens, which sell at prices between approximately $4,000 and $17,000. Why, then, do owners of Wolf ovens have such trouble with the porcelain-lined interiors? The complaint for this class action claims that the porcelain cracks, chips, or crazes when the self-cleaning function is used and that after that the ovens can no longer be used without risking that chips may blow into the food cooked in the ovens.

Tristar Pressure Cooker

Tristar is settling a class action claiming that some of its pressure cookers are defective. The defects include such problems as the pressure cookers suddenly releasing steam when opened, the ability to release the lid when the contents are under pressure, and an inability to seal properly. 

Cuisinart DLC-5 Food Processor

Conair has agreed to settle a class action alleging that its Cuisinart machines’ riveted blades can crack and break off over time. The lawsuit claimed that the defect meant that Conair had breached express and implied warranties. 

Three Vitamix Blenders

Vitamix is settling a class action alleging that the top seals of the blade assembly of certain Vitamix containers may fleck, or shed tiny bits of black material into food or drink during blending. The flecks are made of a non-stick material called polytetrafuloroethylene (PTFE) that is common in cookware.