Whirlpool Hit With Class Action Over Dishwasher Defect

Law360, New York (May 9, 2013, 6:18 PM EDT) -- Whirlpool Corp. on Monday was hit with a proposed class action in California federal court, accusing it of misrepresenting its Maytag-brand dishwashers as reliable, despite a defective design resulting in frequent and expensive control panel repairs.

According to plaintiff Kristian Apodaca, poor design of the control panel used across the appliance manufacturing giant's Maytag dishwasher range allows moisture to enter the panel, causing many units to fail prematurely, which the company has refused to acknowledge or remedy despite the design mistake.

"The control panels in the...
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