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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

announced that Maytag Corp. is recalling about 1.7 million dishwashers in the United States because they pose a serious fire hazard.Maytag Corp. manufactured the recalled dishwashers at both the Newton, IA and Benton Harbor, MI plants. Consumers may have purchased these appliances in black, bisque, white, silver and stainless steel front panels at department and appliance stores nationwide from February 2006 through April 2010 for between $250 and $900. Homebuilders and contractors also bought these units so homeowners should also check the dishwasher in their home.Amana®, Jenn-Air®, Admiral®, Magic Chef®, Performa by Maytag® and Crosley®. Consumers should look for one of these brand names on the front of the dishwasher and locate the model and serial numbers printed on a label located inside the plastic tub on a tag near the left side of the door for recall instructions and not attempt to return the unit the retailer or place of purchase.

The recall includes dishwashers branded by Maytag®,

Recalled models have a serial number STARTING with NW39, NW40, NW41, NW42, NW43, NW44, NW45, NW46, NW47, NW48, NW49, NW50, NW51, NW52, NY01, NY02, NY03, NY04, NY05, NY06, NY07, NY08, NY09, NY10, NY11, NY12, NY13, NY14, NY15, NY16, NY17, NY18, NY19, or ENDING with JC, JE, JG, JJ, JL, JN, JP, JR, JT, JV, JX, LA, LC, LE, LG, LJ, LL, LN, LP, LR, LT, LV, LX, NA, NC, NE, NG, NJ, NL, NN, NP, NR.

CPSC and the manufacturer advise consumers to stop using the recalled dishwashers immediately and disconnect the electric supply to the unit by shutting off the fuse or circuit breaker controlling it. They must contact Maytag at (800) 544-5513 anytime, or visit the firm’s website at

Consumers whose dishwashers are included in this recall can choose between a free in-home repair, and a rebate on the purchase of a new Maytag brand stainless steel tub dishwasher. The rebate is $150 if the consumer purchases new dishwasher models MDB7759, MDB7609 or MDBH979; or $250 if the consumer purchases new dishwasher models MDB8959, MDB8859, MDB7809 or MDB7709.

Whirlpool acquired Maytag in 2006.

Twelve reports of fires and dishwasher damage, including one fire that caused extensive kitchen damage, resulted from an electrical failure in the dishwasher’s heating element.

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