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    Default Whirlpool Corp's Next Big Lawsuit

    Cops: Toddler Dies After Climbing Into Dishwasher, Starting Cycle
    Friday , June 01, 2007


    An 18-month-old boy died Wednesday of suspected heat exposure after he climbed into a dishwasher that started running, police said.


    Authorities are still investigating, but said it appeared the boy's death was accidental.

    "This is probably the hardest, most emotional scene that these investigators will ever work," said Chief Deputy Jeremy Clark of the White County sheriff's office.

    Blake Kurck was found dead in his home near the White County town of Romance at about 1 p.m. Wednesday, the sheriff's office said. The boy's 13-year-old brother found him inside the appliance, which was running, authorities said.

    "The baby's blanket was lying in front of the dishwasher, so (the brother) opened it," Clark said.

    Police have not released how the boy died, but said cause of death would likely be heat exposure. A preliminary report showed no prior trauma on the boy, the sheriff's office said.

    "What we have found out so far would suggest that this is a tragic accident; however the case is still open and we're still looking," Clark said.

    The dishwasher was empty when the child got inside, police said. Investigators said the dishwasher was a Maytag model that automatically started when the door closed.

    "The death of any child is tragic," said Monica Teague, a spokeswoman for Whirlpool Corp., which makes Maytag dishwashers.

    Teague said Whirlpool's appliances are certified for child safety through an independent product testing corporation.

    "All our appliances go through rigorous testing," Teague said.
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    Gotta be more to this story.
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    This just sounds wrong, how can that happen?

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    How can a dishwasher that automatically starts when the door is closed be child safe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axxman300 View Post
    Gotta be more to this story.
    My thoughts here too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Axxman300 View Post
    Gotta be more to this story.


    Yeah, How did the door get closed if he climbed in there...?
    I'll bet the brother has something to do with this..

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    Seems that his older brother closed the door behind and it started up because it had been in mid-cycle.

    So while everybody's talking about dishwasher saftey the real issue is WTF id wrong with his dumbass older brother?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RallyKilla View Post
    How can a dishwasher that automatically starts when the door is closed be child safe?

    I have a Whirlpool dishwasher and you can't start it until it's set and locked, then you have to push another button. If you open the door any time that it's running it stops.

    It doesn't add up.
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