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Washing Machine Lid/Door Safety Switches

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May 1994 Laundromat Accident

12 year old boy's limb was ripped off by washing machine in Door County, WI

Wisconsin-based American Queensway Inc., which installed the IPSO Big Mac triple-load washer ...

... the washing machine was designed with two safety features, neither of which worked


Girl lost her right hand due to a Washing machine accident during the AGITATE cycle

when she was only 9 years old in 1998.

White-Westinghouse Washer manufactured by White Consolidated Industries Inc.,

owned by Sweden's Electrolux.

An Electrolux spokesman, said the design change that eliminated the safety switch

was actually made to add a different switch to lock the lid during the spin cycle of the washers.




Friday, Mar 20, 2009 @09:57pm EDT

12 year old boy Loses Arm in Laundromat Accident

Defective Lid Switch during SPIN cycle


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It happened in a Maytag top loader in the 1980's, the lid switch failed in the closed position, that's the reason they added the check switch and fuse to the lid switch. Maytag got sued for somebody's dislocated arm.

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looking at the video I would say that the center shipping  bolt was never removed.that might have something to do with what happened to this poor girl.

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We get a lot of machines in for service that have had the lid switch deliberately bypassed. We either make them agree to have it replaced or have them sign releasing us from any legal action.

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