National Public Radio's web site published an Associated Press article about the recall of roughly 1.7 million Maytag dishwashers by parent company Whirlpool Corp. The Consumer Product Safety Commission's announcement of the recall last Thursday cited 12 reports of fires and dishwasher damage resulting from electrical failures.
No injuries have been reported, according to the CPSC, but there was one report of "extensive kitchen damage."
Seven brands of dishwashers with plastic tubs sold nationwide between February 2006 and April 2010 are affected by the recall: Maytag, Amana, Jenn-Air, Admiral, Magic Chef, Performa by Maytag and Crosley. They cost between $250 and $900 and come in a variety of colors and finishes, including black, white and stainless steel.
The CPSC advises consumers who have one of the affected units to immediately stop using it and disconnect its power source. Those who have suffered property damage or injury might consider calling an Illinois injury attorney for legal advice.
Whirlpool is offering affected consumers with a free in-home repair or a rebate of between $150 and $250 toward a new Maytag dishwasher, depending on the type of model to be purchased. The company, which purchased Maytag four years ago, said it has earmarked $75 million to pay for the recall.
Maytag recalled 1.6 million refrigerators because of a fire hazard in March 2009.
A complete list of serial numbers and models included in the recall are provided along with the CPSC's announcement. Call Maytag at (800) 544-5513 anytime for additional information or visit the company's web site. FindLaw also maintains a regularly updated, searchable database of recalled products.