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Maytag Recalls Dishwashers Due to Fire Hazard
« on: June 03, 2010, 05:30:24 PM »
Maytag Recalls Dishwashers Due to Fire Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - 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.

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 withORSERIAL 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



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http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10255.html

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Offline whjeffs

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Re: Maytag Recalls Dishwashers Due to Fire Hazard
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2010, 05:44:43 AM »
I wonder what happened with these heating elements to prompt this recall? I've been repairing these recalled models since they first came out. I have NEVER seen a heater failure in one of them. Most common problems I see (in order of most frequent to least frequent) are control panels, door latches, control boards and pump rebuilds due to debris.

Anyone ever seen or heard of a bad heater in one of these?


Offline RAH52

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Re: Maytag Recalls Dishwashers Due to Fire Hazard
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2010, 05:58:34 AM »
Never had to change a heater also . I've had a couple leak because the heater nut was not tight . I would agree with whjeffs list except the door latch would be first on the list

Offline Mr. Fix-It

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Re: Maytag Recalls Dishwashers Due to Fire Hazard
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2010, 09:08:24 AM »
I think it has something to do with the proximaty of the plastic tub to the heater. I've seen some scorched tub bottoms in these units.

 

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