WASHINGTON (AP) - Whirlpool Corp.'s Maytag unit is recalling
about 1.7 million dishwashers because of a fire hazard.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission, which announced the
recall Thursday, says the company, part of Whirlpool Corp., has
received 12 reports of electrical failures in the dishwasher
heating element that led to fires and damage.
One kitchen fire caused extensive damage, the agency said. No
injuries have been reported.
The recall includes Maytag, Amana, Jenn-Air, Admiral, Magic
Chef, Performa by Maytag and Crosley brand dishwashers with plastic
tubs. The recalled dishwashers were made with black, bisque, white,
silver and stainless steel front panels and sold at department and
appliance stores nationwide from February 2006 through April 2010.
They cost between $250 and $900.
CPSC advises consumers to immediately stop using the recalled
dishwashers and disconnect the electric supply by shutting off the
fuse or circuit breaker controlling it.
Consumers can schedule a free in-home repair or receive a rebate
of $150 or $250 toward the purchase of select new Maytag
dishwashers. The amount of the rebate depends on the type of model
to be purchased.
A company spokeswoman says Whirlpool set aside $75 million to
cover the costs of the recall.
More information on the numerous serial numbers involved in the
recall can be found at the company's website or the website for the
Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The recall is Maytag's second of more than a million major
appliances in a little more than a year. It recalled 1.6 million
refrigerators because of fire risks in March 2009.
Whirlpool, based in Benton Harbor, Mich., bought Maytag in March
2006 in a $1.8 billion deal.
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