Several class action lawsuits against washing machine
manufacturers have recently
reached preliminary settlements.
Consumer Reports has the details on what it means
for you and how you can avoid problems that have affected
millions of newer machines.
News 8's Martha Koloski has more.
Front-loading washers often perform better than top-loaders
in Consumer Reports tests.
Plus, they're gentler on
your clothes and more energy-efficient.
But some consumers got more than they bargained for
when buying a front-loading machine.
The issue started out as mostly online chatter about
moldy odors but it turned into multiple class-action
law suits involving more than 6 million front-loading
Here's how the preliminary settlements for U.S.
customers are shaping up -
If you previously or currently own an LG washing machine
sold between 2002 to 2006 with mold issues you may
qualify for the
35-dollar settlement or a 105-dollar rebate on a new
The other lawsuit involved Whirlpool, Maytag and Kenmore
machines made by Whirlpool between 2001 and 2010.
If you own one of those front-loaders you may qualify
for a fifty-dollar settlement or twenty percent off
the purchase of a new washer or dryer.
Not ready to splurge on a new machine? Consumer Reports
says there are a few simple steps that can prevent
mold and mildew.
Wipe down the glass and door gasket daily.
Between washes leave the door open slightly.
Also, remove detergent buildup from the dispenser.
And every month, sanitize the machine by adding a
cup of chlorine bleach and running a
hot-water wash without laundry.
Manufacturers claim they've resolved the problem by
improving the door gasket and adding a tub clean cycle.
But if you want to avoid a front loader altogether,
Consumer Reports says consider a high efficiency top-loader
It recommends this 500-dollar Samsung.
It offers very good water efficiency, washing performance
and is gentle on your clothes, too.
You can find out whether a washing machine you own
or previously owned is affected by these preliminary
settlements and whether you are entitled to a reimbursement
at the following websites:
For L-G washers visit L-G Washer Settlement dot com.
For owners of Kenmore.
Maytag and Whirlpool front-loaders you could also
be reimbursed for up to 500 dollars in expenses you
You can find that information plus all of the settlement
details at Washer Settlement dot com.