Whirlpool, Sears In Hot Water Over Dishwasher Fire Risks

Law360, New York (November 16, 2011, 4:50 PM EST) -- A group of consumers launched a putative class action last week in California federal court accusing Whirlpool Corp. and Sears Holdings Corp. of concealing a “devastating” circuit board defect that caused certain brand-name dishwashers to erupt into flames.

The complaint, lodged Nov. 9, says the defendants knew, or were reckless in not knowing, that certain KitchenAid, Kenmore and Whirlpool household dishwashers contained defective electronic control boards that spontaneously overheated, which caused them and other components in these dishwashers to melt, emit smoke and fumes, and combust....
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