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The Maytag Corporation in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a safety recall notice for Maytag, Jenn-Air, Amana, Admiral, Magic Chef , Performa by Maytag and Crosley brand dishwashers with certain serial numbers.
An electrical failure in the dishwasher’s heating element can pose a serious fire hazard.
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.
There are about 1.7 million of the appliances in the U.S.
The affected dishwashers were manufactured with black, bisque, while, 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:
The dishwashers were manufactured in the U.S. and sold at department and appliance stores and by home builders nationwide from February 2006 through April 2010 for between $250 and $900.
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 that their dishwasher is included in the recall.
If the dishwasher is included, 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 for purchasing models MDB8959, MDB8859, MDB7809 or MDB7709.
Consumers should not return the recalled dishwashers to retailers. They are not prepared to take them back.
For more information, contact Maytag at 800-544-5513 anytime, or visit the firm’s website at www.repair.maytag.com.