Maytag Corp. has recalled nearly 1.7 million dishwashers due to a fire hazard. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that Maytag has received 12 complaints involving electrical failures in the dishwasher heating element which led to fires and property damage. Although no injuries have been reported, one dishwasher fire caused extensive property damage.
The Maytag dishwasher recall includes the following dishwashers:
- Performa by Maytag
- Magic Chef
- Crosley brand dishwashers with plastic tubs
The dishwashers included in the Maytag recall had silver, white, black, bisque and stainless steel front panels. The dishwashers were available at appliance and department stores across the country from Feb. 2006 to April 2010 and sold for between $250 and $900.
The CPSC has instructed consumers to stop using the recalled dishwashers and disconnect the electric supply by turning off the circuit breaker or fuse controlling the kitchen appliance.
Owners of the recalled Maytag dishwashers can request a free in-home repair or a rebate toward the purchase of a new Maytag dishwasher. The rebate amount will depend on the type of model to be purchased.
Consumers can find more information about the recalled dishwashers by visiting the website of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.