Safety Alert Number 0903232


Maytag Recalls Refrigerators Due to Fire Hazard
Release # 09-145
Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 533-9817
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
WASHINGTON, D.C. - 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), Jenn-Air(r), Amana(r), Admiral(r), Magic Chef(r), Performa by Maytag(r) and Crosley(r) 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(r), Jenn-Air(r), Amana(r), Admiral(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:
Type: Serial Numbers ENDING with (AND Model Numbers BEGINNING with)
Side by Side Refrigerators:
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
(ARS, CS, JC, JS, MS, MZ, PS)
Top Freezer Refrigerators:
AA, AC, AE, AG, AJ, AL, AN, AP, AR, AT, AV, AX, ZK, ZM, ZQ, ZS, ZU, ZW, ZY, ZZ
(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 inhome
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
To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recall product, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09145.html