Maytag Recalls Refrigerators Due to Fire Hazard
MADISON, WI — After more than 40 reports of overheating, Maytag and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Tuesday announced a voluntary recall of approximately 1.6 million refrigerators.
Maytag officials said the recall affected not just the Maytag brand, but also Jenn-Air, Amana, Admiral, Magic Chef, Performa and Crosley brand side-by-side and top-freezer refrigerators sold between January 2001 and January 2004.
The fire hazard can occur when an electrical failure in the units’ relay — the part that turns on the compressor — results in overheating. Since 2001, there have been 41 reports of relay ignitions, including 16 accounts of property and smoke damage.
Recall parts will not be available until March 17, but consumers may contact any store in advance to reserve these parts.
“The safety of our customers is our first priority,” said Dave Bauer, The Maytag Store owner. “Because of this, we’re offering part replacement services to anyone owning one of these refrigerators, regardless of where their product was purchased.”
Consumers may contact The Maytag Store at (608) 442-8300 to determine if their refrigerators are on the recall list and to schedule a free in-home repair. All affected persons will be walked through the recall process, including the ordering of parts, filing warranty claims and installing new components.