WASHINGTON -- Whirlpool Corp.'s Maytag unit is recalling about 1.7 million dishwashers because of a fire hazard.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission, which announced therecall Thursday, says the company, part of Whirlpool Corp., hasreceived 12 reports of electrical failures in the dishwasherheating element that led to fires and damage.
One kitchen fire caused extensive damage, the agency said. Noinjuries have been reported.
The recall includes Maytag, Amana, Jenn-Air, Admiral, MagicChef, Performa by Maytag and Crosley brand dishwashers with plastictubs. The recalled dishwashers were made with black, bisque, white,silver and stainless steel front panels and sold at department andappliance stores nationwide from February 2006 through April 2010.They cost between $250 and $900.
CPSC advises consumers to immediately stop using the recalleddishwashers and disconnect the electric supply by shutting off thefuse or circuit breaker controlling it.
Consumers can schedule a free in-home repair or receive a rebateof $150 or $250 toward the purchase of select new Maytagdishwashers. The amount of the rebate depends on the type of modelto be purchased.
A company spokeswoman says Whirlpool set aside $75 million tocover the costs of the recall.
More information on the numerous serial numbers involved in therecall can be found at the company's website or the website for theConsumer Product Safety Commission.
The recall is Maytag's second of more than a million majorappliances in a little more than a year. It recalled 1.6 millionrefrigerators because of fire risks in March 2009.
Whirlpool, based in Benton Harbor, Mich., bought Maytag in March2006 in a $1.8 billion deal.
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