• Maytag Recalls Refrigerators Due to Fire Hazard

        The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product.

        Name of product: Maytag®, Jenn-Air®, Amana®, Admiral®, Magic Chef®, Performa by Maytag® and Crosley® brand refrigerators

        Units: About 1.6 million

        Manufacturer: Maytag Corp., of Newton, Iowa

        Hazard: An electrical failure in the relay, the component that turns on the refrigerator’s compressor, can cause overheating and pose a serious fire hazard.

        Incidents/Injuries: Maytag has received 41 reports of refrigerator relay ignition, including 16 reports of property damage ranging from smoke damage to extensive kitchen damage.

        Description: The recall includes certain Maytag®, Jenn-Air®, Amana®, Admiral®, Magic Chef®, Performa by Maytag® and Crosley® brand side by side and top freezer refrigerators. The affected refrigerators were manufactured in black, bisque, white and stainless steel. They have model and serial numbers printed on a label located on the top middle or left upper side of the refrigerator liner and have the following model and serial number combinations:

        Side by Side
        Refrigerators

        ~Serial Numbers ENDING with:
        AA, AC, AE, AG, AJ, AL, AN, AP, AR,
        AT, AV, AX, CA, CC, CE, CG, CJ, CL,
        ZB, ZD, ZF, ZH, ZK, ZM, ZQ, ZS, ZU,
        ZW, ZY, ZZ

        ~AND Model Numbers BEGINNING with:
        ARS, CS, JC, JS, MS, MZ, PS

        Top Freezer
        Refrigerators

        ~Serial Numbers ENDING with:
        AA, AC, AE, AG, AJ, AL, AN, AP, AR,
        AT, AV, AX, ZK, ZM, ZQ, ZS, ZU, ZW,
        ZY, ZZ

        ~AND Model Numbers BEGINNING with:
        AT, CT, MT, PT

        Refrigerators with freezers on the bottom are not included in this recall.

        Sold at: Department and appliance stores and by homebuilders nationwide from January 2001 through January 2004 for between about $350 and $1600.

        Manufactured in: United States

        Remedy: Consumers should immediately contact Maytag to determine if their refrigerator is included in the recall and to schedule a free in-home repair. Consumers should not return the refrigerator to the retailer where it was purchased.

        Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Maytag toll-free at (866) 533-9817 anytime, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.repair.maytag.com