Own a front-loading washer? You may be entitled to money

If you bought a front-loading washer machine between 2001 and 2010, you may be entitled to part of a cash settlement.

The settlement involves Whirlpool, Maytag or Kenmore washers. Sears customers first filed the suit back in 2006, claiming moldy front gaskets and a mildew smell so intense it spoiled freshly laundered clothes and pervaded other parts of consumers' homes, NBC News reported. The suit claimed a defective design meant that the washers didn't self-clean, which allowed bacteria and mold to grow. It claimed Whirlpool and Sears didn't adequately warn buyers about the issue and how to deal with it. 

The case was settled back in April 2016. Neither Whirlpool nor Sears admitted to any problems with their washers as part of the settlement.

According to NBC News:

  • Customers who had a mold or odor problem within five years of purchase can claim $50 cash or a 20 percent cash rebate on the best-negotiated retail purchase price of certain washers or dryers made by Whirlpool.
  • Those who did not have a mold problem within five years can still receive a cash rebate of five percent off their next purchase of a washer, dryer or laundry pair.
  • Anyone who paid to have a moldy machine repaired within the first five years of purchase is entitled to reimbursement of those documented expenses, up to $500.

The deadiine to file a claim for is October 11, 2016. Click here to see if your washing machine qualifies. 

To file a claim, click here.

Consumers who purchased certain LG model front-loaders between 2002 and 2006 may be eligible for compensation as part of another settlement. Click here for information about that settlement.


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