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Were any legal settlements won by consumers for recalled Maytag Bravos washers?

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As of 2015, there have not been any legal settlements won by consumers for recalled Maytag Bravos clothes washers. However, in 2005, Maytag settled a class-action lawsuit involving odor problems with its Neptune front-loading washing machines, according to ConsumerAffairs.com.

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Maytag is not the only brand of front-loading washing machines to be associated with odor and mold problems. Class-action lawsuits have been filed against Electrolux, Frigidaire, Sears, Kenmore and LG Electronics for the same problem, according to CBSLocal.com. Similar class-action suits have been filed against Bosch and Whirlpool.

The airtight design of the front-loading machine creates a moist environment that promotes the growth of bacteria and mold. Attorneys for the plaintiffs in these cases argue that manufacturers blame the customers for not cleaning the machines properly. None of these lawsuits are associated with a recall.

Two Maytag washing machine recalls have appeared in the Consumer Product Safety Commission database since 2000. A 2005 recall involves front-loading washing machines in which the spinner breaks apart, resulting in potential injuries. A 2007 recall cites water leaking onto the machines' thermal sensors, creating a fire hazard. Both recalls involve front-loading washers and list no injuries or incidents outside of the washers themselves.

The Bravos washing machine is a top-loading, high-efficiency model, according to Maytag.

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