Distraught US mum shares warning after toddler’s narrow escape from washing machine

Lindsey Mc Iver says her young daughter had to be freed from a frontloading washing machine last week

McIver said she and her husband found a child lock feature in the settings that prevented the machine from starting, but that it didn't lock the door.

The frantic mom quickly canceled the cycle, rescued Kloe from the machine and got her out - and is now keen to warn other families of the dangers front-loading machines possess.

Lindsey posted about the incident on July 7, explaining that she and her husband had just brought home the new machine that week. "Inside. Washer", McIver wrote.

Her post has gone viral, garnering hundreds of thousands of shares and almost 60,000 comments. "We don't want to slander the company", she tells USA Today. "Not enough that she could have drowned", McIver said, but she added that her daughter was tumbling around and was clearly terrified.

McIver said the family washing machine broke down earlier this month, and she and her husband bought a replacement.

The couple, parents of three children, was able to stop the washing machine, which they had installed just days earlier, and pull Khloe to safety. "We are continually surprised at the new, inventive ways our kids come up with to try and die", the post read.

"I post this because I can honestly say we did not realize the danger of this machine", Lindsey wrote. But it does not lock the door.

After purchasing a new, front-loading washing machine, Lindsey McIver was woken by her 4-year-old son crying so hard he could barely speak.

It all began with two curious kids and a shiny new washing machine.

The McIvers' washing machine was so new, they said, they had not yet read the entire manual before Khloe climbed in.

McIver concluded by saying while there were ways to prevent this from happening, accidents happen.

"We applaud Ms. McIver for telling her story and share in her efforts to make sure that consumers are aware of the child safety lock feature", the statement said.

"Shaming the mom doesn't do anyone any good".

"We need to be open and honest about our mistakes to help one another keep our kids safe. It's always, I think for every mom, a challenge". "I yanked on the door, I pulled so hard I moved the machine from the wall, but it's locked, you can't get it open". I have a new grandbaby.

'Thank you for bringing this to our attention, ' wrote another. They could see Kloe screaming, although the noise was drowned out by the machine. "We spent that evening installing it with the kids underfoot".

Another mother launched into her own story, writing: 'Years ago when my daughter was small her brother talked her into getting in the dryer. And she escaped with just some bumps to the head.

'She also was fine but scary what kids can come up with not knowing that one of them could die'.

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