There’s no denying that household appliances make
our lives much easier.
After all, they help us cook our food, clean the dishes,
keep us warm, wash our clothes, and keep our
Unfortunately, appliances also present dangers for
thousands of homes each year.
Some appliances have
been known to emit
carbon monoxide and
other harmful poisons
while others are electrical
hazards and cause fires.
In fact, according to the U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission, or CPSC, there are 30 deaths
and 430 injuries every year from faulty dryers and
washing machines alone.
Nearly every type of appliance can be dangerous to
users, but some appliances are known to cause more
injuries and deaths than others, including:
Statistics from the CPSC reveal
that washers and dryers are
responsible for more than
16,000 house fires every year.
Sadly, dryers with defective lint
collectors or exhaust ducts
cause fires and burn
homeowners far too often.
Washing machines are also
prime breeding grounds for
mold and illness-causing
Given the environment they
create, it’s not surprising that
studies conducted by experts
in the field of environmental
microbiology have discovered
• Coliform bacteria exist in
60% of washing machines
• E-coli lives in approximately
10% of washing machines
Inside of every dishwasher lies
an internal circuit board that is
responsible for running the
appliance from start to finish
through each cycle.
Unfortunately, this one essential
component is also responsible
for more than its fair share of
product liability claims.
In some dishwashers, faulty
circuit boards have been known
to burn plastic components and
wires inside the appliance,
resulting in a fire.
In fact, there were many
instances in 2012 in which
consumers complained they
experienced these same issues
with Whirlpool and GE
Another potential danger that
can lead to illness is the
ineffectiveness of a dishwasher.
Typically, this is due to a faulty
cycling process that leaves
dishes bacteria-ridden and
Therefore, it’s important to never
use dishes that aren’t fully
cleaned or dried after being run
through a full cycle.
Faulty furnaces and other types
of heating appliances can be
If carbon monoxide leaks out of
these appliances, the poisonous
gas can cause heart problems,
cognitive problems, and even
Sometimes a furnace may have
In other cases, however, people
have been injured by furnaces
that have been improperly
maintained by their landlord or
Defective ranges can emit
carbon monoxide fumes that go
unnoticed by users.
The CPSC reports that 200
people die from carbon
monoxide exposure each year.
A staggering 10,000 more
people are injured by carbon
monoxide poisoning as well.
Microwaves, slow cookers,
blenders, toasters, and other
countertop appliances can also
be defective and dangerous.
These small devices can suffer
from electrical defects that may
start fires, potentially making
them a serious threat to your
In addition to these common
faulty appliances, gas grills,
vacuums, refrigerators, and other
appliances can also be faulty
and pose a threat.
Product liability attorneys have
seen thousands of cases
involving faulty appliances over
the years, providing a testament
to just how dangerous they can
When you need an experienced attorney who will
handle your case himself, ensuring that the legal
system treats you and your family fairly, call the
Millea Law Firm.
Matt Millea’s focus is on
personal injury and wrongful
He will work directly with you,
giving you individual attention
and personally preparing your
Note: Appliances shown are for illustration purposes only and are
not examples of defective products.