Whirlpool owner Ruth Ogden says she noticed the odor a year after purchasing her 2004 front end loader. At first Ogden thought it has something to do with her teenage son's dirty laundry.
But consumers across the country say certain machines ruined their clothes. Some filed lawsuits claiming they discovered mold growing in their washers.
Odgen’s Duet washer wound up being the focus of a class action lawsuit.
Lawyers claim Whirlpool washers sold between 2001 and 2008 without a steam feature have serious design flaws that caused mold and mildew.
This and similar suits filed against LG, Bosch, GE and Kenmore led to a settlement agreement.
If you bought a Whirlpool, Kenmore, Maytag or LG front loader and experienced mold problems you can file a claim for a chunk of the money.
Depending on the documentation you have you can get up to $500 cash or a voucher toward a new washer.
The last day to apply is October 10th for LG machines and October 11th for Whirlpool, Kenmore and Maytag owners.
Good news for people who bought one of these units in recent years. Design changes led experts to say manufacturers have virtually eliminated the chance of mold.
Here is the link to file a claim: http://www.washersettlement.com/pdf/faq.pdf