Did you purchase a Maytag Centennial washing machine with an ENERGY STAR logo manufactured by the Whirlpool Corporation? It has been reported that certain models of Maytag Centennial washing machines do not meet the standards for the ENERGY STAR program. If you own one of the affected models, you may be eligible to join a Maytag Centennial washing machine class action lawsuit seeking refunds for consumers who purchased these washers.
The mislabeled Maytag Centennial washing machine model numbers covered by the class action lawsuit include:
The class action lawsuit lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP are offering free legal consultations to purchasers of the mislabeled Maytag Centennial washing machines. To learn more about the legal options available to you, please contact the Maytag Centennial washing machine class action lawsuit lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP today.
Mislabeled Maytag Centennial Washing Machines
ENERGY STAR is an international standard for energy efficient consumer products. Appliances carrying this label are required by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to exceed minimum standards for energy and water efficiency, and promise to use approximately 37% less energy and 50% less water than standard models. ENERGY STAR appliances cost significantly more than products not bearing the label, but come with the promise of reduced energy and water bills that, over time, will generate enough savings to recoup the higher price.
The Maytag Centennial washing machine lawsuit alleges the affected models do not meet the ENERGY STAR standards. According to the lawsuit, in September 2010, Springboard Engineering Laboratories (a division of Underwriters Laboratories Verification Services) in Newton, Iowa completed DOE efficiency testing of a model MVWC6ESWW1. (MVWC6ESWW1 is the basic model of the Maytag Centennial washer, with models MVWC6ESW0 and MVWC7ESWW0 offering additional features to this basic design.) The results of the testing showed the unit did not meet ENERGY STAR standards.
Whirlpool was notified by the DOE of the test results in January 2011. The matter was also referred to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which eventually reached an informal and private agreement with Whirlpool by which the company agreed to cease and desist from manufacturing and selling the mislabeled washers. Consumers who purchased the washers, however, were given no notice of the agreement between Whirlpool and the EPA. As a result, for purchasers of the mislabeled Maytag Centennial washing machines, the promised savings from reduced energy bills never came. “Instead, Class Members were hit with a costly double-whammy: a higher up-front price… followed by higher energy bills,” the class action lawsuit states.