Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Maytag Expands Recall of Refrigerators Due to Fire Hazard

/PRNewswire/ -- 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(R), Magic Chef(R), Performa by Maytag(R) and Crosley(R) brand refrigerators

Units: About 46,000 (1.6 million units were previously recalled in March 2009)

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 23 additional reports of refrigerator relay ignition, including 4 reports of property damage ranging from smoke damage to extensive kitchen damage.

Description: The recall includes certain Maytag(R), Magic Chef(R), Performa by Maytag(R) and Crosley(R) 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:

Serial Numbers ENDING AND Model Numbers BEGINNING
with with
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Side-by-side CN, CP, YY, YZ MZ
Refrigerators


Top Freezer CA, CC, CE, CG, ZB, ZD, CT15G4, CTB152, CTL151,
Refrigerators ZF, ZH CTM152, CTN151, MTB195,
MTB215, MTB245, MTF195,
MTF215, PTB155, PTB175,
PTB195, PTB215


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

Sold at: Department and appliance stores and by homebuilders nationwide from September 2000 through May 2004 for between about $350 and $1,600.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately contact Maytag to determine if their refrigerator is included in the recall and if so, 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.

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