1.7 Million Dishwashers Recalled

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About 1.7 million Maytag dishwashers that pose a fire hazard are being recalled after electrical failures led to fires, dishwasher damage and significant property damage.

The recalled dishwashers include Maytag, Amana, Jenn-Air, Admiral, Magic Chef and Crosley brands that came in various colors with certain serial numbers, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The dishwashers were sold at various department stores, home appliance stores and by homebuilders nationwide for $250 to $900 between February 2006 and April 2010, the agency says.

Consumers can check with Maytag about whether their specific dishwasher model is being recalled.

Owners of recalled dishwashers should stop using them immediately, disconnect them from their electrical supply and contact Maytag for a free in-home repair or a rebate of $150 or $250 on the purchase of a new Maytag dishwasher depending on the model.

Retailers aren’t prepared to take back the faulty dishwashers, the CPSC says.

Maytag can be contacted at (800) 544-5513 or online at www.repair.maytag.com. For more information on the recall, visit cpsc.gov.

Maytag isn’t the only dishwasher manufacturer that has made appliances with electrical problems that pose fire hazards. In 2007, GE (Stock Quote: GE) recalled 2.5 million of its dishwashers due to a risk of an electrical short or fire caused by degraded door wiring, and 162,000 Whirlpool (Stock Quote: WHR) and Kenmore brand dishwashers from 2004 and 2005 were recalled due to faulty motor wiring.

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