Whirlpool Inks Faulty-Fridge Deal Worth Estimated $21M

By Mike LaSusa (July 9, 2019, 7:12 PM EDT) -- Whirlpool Corp. has hammered out a deal worth an estimated $21 million that aims to resolve a proposed class action over allegedly defective refrigerators, according to filings Monday in California federal court.

The Michigan-based appliance company agreed to provide replacement parts and pay for labor costs to fix refrigerators purportedly plagued by a defective drain tube that can freeze up and contribute to water leakage.

The deal would cover an estimated 1.7 million "French-door, bottom-mount" refrigerators made by Whirlpool under its own name as well as the brand names Amana, Jenn-Air and KitchenAid, according to court records. Anyone who bought one...

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