Safety Alert Number 1006342



Maytag Recalls Dishwashers Due to Fire Hazard
Release #10-255
Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 544-5513
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7601
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. Consumers should
stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell
a recalled consumer product. Name of Product: Dishwashers
Units: About 1.7 million in the United States
Manufacturer: Maytag Corp. of Newton, Iowa or Maytag Corp. of Benton Harbor, Mich. Hazard: An electrical failure in the dishwasher's heating element can pose a serious fire hazard. Incidents/Injuries: Maytag has received 12 reports of dishwasher heating element failures that resulted in
fires and dishwasher damage, including one report of extensive kitchen damage from a fire. No injuries have
been reported. Description: The recall includes Maytag®, Amana®, Jenn-Air®, Admiral®, Magic Chef®, Performa by
Maytag® and Crosley® brand dishwashers with plastic tubs and certain serial numbers. The affected
dishwashers were manufactured with black, bisque, white, silver and stainless steel front panels. The brand
name is printed on the front of the dishwasher. The model and serial numbers are printed on a label located
inside the plastic tub on a tag near the left side of the door opening. Serial numbers will start or end with one
of the following sequences. 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
SERIAL number 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
Sold at: Department and appliance stores and by homebuilders nationwide from February 2006 through April
2010 for between $250 and $900. Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled dishwashers, disconnect the electric supply by shutting off the fuse or circuit breaker controlling it, inform all users of the dishwasher about the risk of fire and contact Maytag to verify if their dishwasher is included in the recall. If the dishwasher is included in the recall, consumers can either schedule a free in-home repair or receive a rebate following the purchase of certain new Maytag brand stainless-steel tub dishwashers. 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. Consumers should not return the recalled dishwashers to the retailer where purchased as retailers are not prepared to take the units back. To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10255.html