Whirlpool appliances have been a fixture in American homes for generations. The company’s washing machines are commonly known for their durability and innovative technology. However, Ohio consumers are taking the company to court over alleged defects that prevent clothes from becoming clean.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that a class action lawsuit has been filed against Whirlpool. Consumers allege that front-loading washers accumulate mold and mildew that causes clothes to smell even though they are clean. Essentially, the machines do not rinse out all the detergent and fabric softener, and the washing drum does not completely drain. This standing fluid causes molding on the back wall of the drum, which is commonly not seen by consumers, even though the smell is apparent.