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June 3rd, 2010
06:00 AM ET

Maytag Corp. recalls 1.7 million dishwashers

(CNN) – This ought to keep the Maytag repairman busy for a while.

The appliance manufacturer along with the Consumer Product Safety Commission on Thursday announced the recall of about 1.7 million dishwashers made by the company between February 2006 and April of 2010.

"An electrical failure in the dishwasher's heating element can pose a serious fire hazard," said the recall notice issued by the CPSC.

"Maytag has received 12 reports of dishwasher heating element fires that have resulted in fires and dishwasher damage, including one report of extensive kitchen damage from a fire," the CPSC said. There have no reports of injuries.

The recall includes select Maytag, Amana, Jenn-Air, Admiral, Magic Chef, Performa and Crosley brands manufactured by Maytag.

The company has set up a website where customers can check their unit's serial number to see if it is included in the recall -

Consumers will be able to choose between having their dishwasher repaired or accepting a rebate toward the purchase of a new dishwasher.

The Maytag repairman has been a staple of the company's corporate image. Since 1967, Maytag has touted its quality by showing a bored repairman with nothing to do.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Manny

    It seems that emotion only causes more chaos. It looks good if you are a politican. But it is the cool, collected leader that gets things done. It serves no good purpose to yeall and scream and pound on things. Or to accuse people or bash them. A composed and calm leader will accomplish more than a hothead will.

    Making decisions based on emotion and the necessity to impress voters serves no real purpose. Best is to think things through, weigh the impact of your decision, seek advice from expers and then make decisions. Rushing forward with emotional decisions may cause more harm than good.

    June 4, 2010 at 8:04 am |
  2. Dawn-Marie

    Could someone PLEASE tell me where I can find a list of model numbers?

    June 3, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  3. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    As former repairman I would like to pass notice that all appliances can be a danger and should not be left unattended only operate your appliance when you are there to watch it .

    June 3, 2010 at 7:23 am |
  4. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    I serviced the Maytag appliance for over 20 yrs . and as a repairman for this great name Maytag will correct any problem found with there dishwasher or any other appliance that may have a defect these appliances were created by man and not God and are subject to a flaw and as far as the lonely repairman goes Maytag repairman are busy out repairing there 30 yr. old appliances but every once in a while Maytag can make a mistake .

    June 3, 2010 at 7:11 am |