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Defective Product

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.

Electrolux Logo

Electrolux Home Products, Inc. is making a variety of offers as a settlement of a class action alleging that certain of its front-loading washers do not self-clean and may accumulate bacteria and mold, causing mold, mildew, odors, or damaged fabrics. The washers were sold under multiple brand names, including Electrolux, Frigidaire, Crosley, White-Westinghouse, and Kenmore.

Deck Treated with DeckOver

DeckOver, Behr’s and Home Depot’s new patio and deck coverage product, must have looked promising at first. Although it was three to five times more expensive than paint, its advertising claimed it was five times thicker and more durable and could repair decks by filling in cracks and stopping splinters. Unfortunately, the complaint for this class action claims that, within months of application, DeckOver begins to flake, peel, and separate from surfaces.

ADT Sign and Flowerbed

This settlement resolves a class action alleging that ADT failed to tell customers that its residential security systems using wireless peripheral sensors were vulnerable, because the wireless sensors could be evaded or jammed using electronic devices. 

Melted Siding

A photo in the complaint for this class action shows the side of plaintiff Richard Willis’s home, with the vinyl rippling and bulging like a restless sea. Yet according to the complaint, his warranty claim to CertainTeed was denied, with the company claiming that the problem was caused by “heat distortion” from glass reflection. Among the violations the complaint lists are breaches of express and implied warranties as well as of good faith and fair dealing, along with deceptive and unfair trade practices and false advertising.

Resurfaced Deck

PPG Industries has agreed to settle a class action alleging that its Rescue It! products are defective and do not adhere properly to decking or other substrates, causing the products to peel, crack, and bubble, and causing damage to the property they’re applied to. The products included are the following:

Cuties Baby Wipes

Nutek Disposables has agreed to settle a class action alleging that some of its baby and feminine wipes, sold in the US and later recalled, may have been contaminated with Burkholderia cepacia bacteria. The bacteria is claimed to cause skin infections or irritation, bacterial genitourinary tract infections, or other symptoms.

PowerBlock Urethane Weights

Plaintiff Peter Cohen bought PowerBlock’s Urethane Series Dumbbells, advertised as the “World’s Best Dumbbell,” at a MSRP price of $1,396. However, the complaint alleges that in just four years of fairly light use, some of the weights began to crack and break. Since the weights came with a lifetime warranty, the complaint says, Cohen took pictures and contacted PowerBlock. PowerBlock did send Cohen replacement weights, the complaint claims, but two years later, these too failed in the same manner as the other ones. Since Cohen often lifts the weights over his head, and since some of them are as heavy as 90 pounds per side, the complaint said, he began to worry about the safety of the product. But PowerBlock would not permit him to exchange the defective weights for cheaper but more reliable weights, the complaint claims. 

Flak Jacket Joists

The Esanbocks’ new home in Savage, Minnesota was built in 2017 using Weyerhaeuser Flak Jacket Joists, which were coated with formaldehyde resin. In late July, the complaint says, the home’s builder informed the family that the Weyerhaeuser joists had been found to be off-gassing formaldehyde. The family moved out the next day, and the complaint alleges that a test performed on the home showed excessive formaldehyde levels above OSHA safety levels. Weyerhaeuser has stopped making the joists, has admitted problems with the coating, and claims to be working with homeowners to address the problem, but, the complaint says, the company’s offers are insufficient.


What if a product advertised to decrease the time and money you had to spend on a task actually increased it? That’s essentially the charge leveled by the complaint for this class action at Behr’s DeckOver resurfacing and restoration product, which Behr claims is more durable (four or five times thicker), improves decks by filling in cracks and splinters, resists peeling and mildew, and provides “waterproofing” to “[b]ring new life to old wood and concrete surfaces” with “long lasting results”. In actuality, the complaint says, DeckOver does not live up to these claims and begins to fail within months or even weeks of application.