Maytag Recalls Dishwashers Due to Fire Hazard

Jun 03, 2010, 08:28 ET from U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

WASHINGTON, June 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.  It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

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Name of product: Dishwashers

Units: About 1.7 million in the United States

Manufacturer: Maytag Corp. of Newton, Iowa or Maytag Corp. of Benton Harbor, Mich.

Hazard: An electrical failure in the dishwasher's heating element can pose a serious fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Maytag has received 12 reports of dishwasher heating element failures that resulted in fires and dishwasher damage, including one report of extensive kitchen damage from a fire. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recall includes Maytag®, Amana®, Jenn-Air®, Admiral®, Magic Chef®, Performa by Maytag® and Crosley® brand dishwashers with plastic tubs and certain serial numbers. The affected dishwashers were manufactured with black, bisque, white, silver and stainless steel front panels. The brand name is printed on the front of the dishwasher. The model and serial numbers are printed on a label located inside the plastic tub on a tag near the left side of the door opening. Serial numbers will start or end with one of the following sequences:


SERIAL number STARTING with

OR

SERIAL number ENDING with


NW39, NW40, NW41, NW42, NW43,

NW44, NW45, NW46, NW47, NW48, NW49, NW50, NW51, NW52, NY01, NY02, NY03, NY04, NY05, NY06, NY07, NY08, NY09, NY10, NY11, NY12, NY13, NY14, NY15, NY16, NY17, NY18, NY19



JC, JE, JG, JJ, JL, JN, JP, JR, JT, JV, JX, LA, LC, LE, LG, LJ, LL, LN, LP, LR, LT, LV, LX, NA, NC, NE, NG, NJ, NL, NN, NP, NR





Sold at: Department and appliance stores and by homebuilders nationwide from February 2006 through April 2010 for between $250 and $900.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy:  Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled dishwashers, disconnect the electric supply by shutting off the fuse or circuit breaker controlling it, inform all users of the dishwasher about the risk of fire and contact Maytag to verify if their dishwasher is included in the recall. If the dishwasher is included in the recall, consumers can either schedule a free in-home repair or receive a rebate following the purchase of certain new Maytag brand stainless-steel tub dishwashers. The rebate is $150 if the consumer purchases new dishwasher models MDB7759, MDB7609 or MDBH979; or $250 if the consumer purchases new dishwasher models MDB8959, MDB8859, MDB7809 or MDB7709. Consumers should not return the recalled dishwashers to the retailer where purchased as retailers are not prepared to take the units back.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Maytag at (800) 544-5513 anytime, or visit the firm's website at www.repair.maytag.com.

CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product.  Please tell us about it by visiting https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx.


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Satellite Coordinates (C-Band) All Times Eastern

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Date:

Thursday, June 3

Thursday, June 3

Time:

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. ET

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET

Satellite:

Galaxy 17 @ 91 degrees West

Galaxy 17 @ 91 degrees West

Transponder:

18C analog

18C analog

Freq:

4060 MHz Vertical

4060 MHz Vertical

Bandwidth:

36 MHz

36 MHz

Audio:

6.2 and 6.8 MHz

6.2 and 6.8 MHz




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Satellite Coordinates (Ku-Band) All Times Eastern

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Date:

Thursday, June 3

Thursday, June 3

Time:  

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. ET

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET

Satellite:

Galaxy 17 @ 91 degrees West

Galaxy 17 @ 91 degrees West

Transponder:

19K – slot: 1 digital

19K – slot: 1 digital      

Freq:

12065 MHz Horizontal

12065 MHz Horizontal

Audio:

Channel 1 & 2

Channel 1 & 2

Bandwidth:

6 MHz

6 MHz

Symbol Rate:

3.9787 MS/S

3.9787 MS/S

Data Rate:

5.5 MB/S

5.5 MB/S

FEC:

3/4

3/4




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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from over about 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction.  Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $800 billion annually.  The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals – contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

Under federal law, it is illegal to attempt to sell or re-sell this or any other recalled product.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's Hotline at (800) 638-2772, teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270, or visit www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. Consumers can obtain this press release and recall information at www.cpsc.gov. To join a free e-mail subscription list, please go to www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx.


Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 544-5513

CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772

CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7601




SOURCE U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission



RELATED LINKS

http://www.cpsc.gov


http://www.repair.maytag.com