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Electrolux Sued Because Frigidaire Frontload Washers Make Mold & Fungus

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Eppsteiner Law, APC’s clients have sued Electrolux, maker of Frigidaire, Crosley, Electrolux and White-Westinghouse brand frontload washing machines, due to mold and fungus growing in Electrolux’s frontload washers.

Eppsteiner Law, APC filed suit in federal court for Electrolux and Frigidaire brand frontload washer owners from California, Florida, Michigan, New York, Oregon and Texas.

The owners of many Frigidaire frontload washers have contacted Eppsteiner Law, APC and have communicated common complaints. Despite using their Frigidaire frontload washers as directed, Frigidaire frontload washer owners noticed musty, and moldy smells coming from their washers. Some owners noticed these foul smells on their clothes! Frigidaire frontload owners are upset that, after they paid $700-$1200 for a new washer, it incubated mold, fungus or bacteria that you can either see or smell. Washing machines are supposed to make your clothes clean, bright and smell good. Frigidaire frontload washer owners are upset that their expensive appliance don’t make their clothes smell good but rather generate mold and/or bacteria that make their clothes, bedding, and towels foul smelling.

The insidious thing about this is that if you see mold in your door-basket rubber gasket that is likely only the tip of the iceberg. Eppsteiner Law, APC have found through the disassembly of Electrolux frontload machines that mold has grown behind the rotating stainless steel basket, and in the sump and discharge hose of these machines. All of these areas are not reachable by Owners. These areas can only be reached through partial or full disassembly of the machines. Owners don’t even know there is mold deep within their washers. They can’t know this unless they disassembly their machines.

Eppsteiner Law, APC has not yet been informed of an instance where Electrolux told an owner that their machine would have to be disassembled to remove mold from all places in their machine. The explanations owners most commonly reported being given by Electrolux is 1) buy Afresh™ or Glisten™ and run a hot water cycle; 2) try and wipe the mold off of your gasket; 3) run more hot water cycles without clothes in the machine; or 4) we will send you a new gasket that you have to install or pay someone to install.

Eppsteiner Law, APC has been advised that none of these actions will eliminate mold that has taken root inside your Frigidaire frontload washer. Furthermore replacing a gasket does not change the inherent design and material defects that caused the mold to grow on the gasket in the first place. It is just like a clean Petri dish that is expected to grow mold. Mold elsewhere in the machine will migrate to the gasket, where it can reliably find moisture following every cycle. The interior of the frontload washer is hot, wet, and humid and has a food sourse; just the conditions that foment mold and bacteria growth. Replacing the gasket is akin to replacing tires that are worn due to a misaligned suspension without first aligning the suspension. Leaving the suspension misaligned just means you will have to replace the tires again in the near future. Replacing your washer’s gasket doesn’t fix the defects, just some of the harm caused by the defects.

Eppsteiner Law, APC believes that Electrolux machines have inherent defects that cause them to develop mold and organic matter that directly or indirectly produces foul smells. It further believes that a machine sold to clean your clothes that produces mold and makes your clothes stink isn’t serving the primary purpose for which you bought it. If a washer develops mold and makes your clothes stink it isn’t cleaning them.

Eppsteiner Law, APC wrote to Electrolux multiple times before it filed a lawsuit and offered to discuss ways that Electrolux could provide a real solution to its frontload washer owners. However, to date, Electrolux has made no such proposals. If Electrolux won’t discuss a solution or volunteer to provide one; and, as explained above, replacing the gasket is not a solution, consumers have two choices: sue to assert your rights and, if you can’t stand your clothes smelling foul, buy a replacement machine.

If you own a Frigidaire, Electrolux, Crosley or White-Westinghouse branded frontload washer (all of which are made by Electrolux) and it emits foul odors or has visible mold, then you should email Eppsteiner Law, APC or call us at 858-350-1500. We will be pleased to speak with you about your machine, your rights, the lawsuit and what you can do to protect your interest and stop this rip-off. Eppsteiner Law, APC have been contacted by Electrolux frontload washer owners from California, Florida, Michigan, New York, Oregon and Texas. The pending lawsuit seeks to act on behalf of all California, Florida, Michigan, New York, Oregon and Texas Electrolux frontload washer owners. If you are not from one of these states, you currently are not represented by this lawsuit and would not participate in any jury verdict or settlement. If you live in a state whose Electrolux owners are not potentially protected by the lawsuit, you need to contact Eppsteiner Law, APC (858-350-1500) to discuss your rights, how to assert them and protect yourself and the other Electrolux machine owners who live in your state.

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