My Dishwasher Has A First Name

Even if you don’t not have a dishwasher now, you never know where you may wind up staying. So, in the interest of general public safety, here’s something I am passing along…

Maytag recalls 1.7 million dishwashers
Failures in heating element have led to fires and damage
updated 6:20 a.m. CT, Thurs., June 3, 2010

WASHINGTON – Maytag Corp. is recalling about 1.7 million dishwashers because of a fire hazard.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, which announced the recall Thursday, says the company has received 12 reports of electrical failures in the dishwasher heating element that led to fires and damage.

One kitchen fire caused extensive damage, the agency said. No injuries have been reported.

The recall includes Maytag, Amana, Jenn-Air, Admiral, Magic Chef, Performa by Maytag and Crosley brand dishwashers with plastic tubs. The recalled dishwashers were made with black, bisque, white, silver and stainless steel front panels and sold at department and appliance stores nationwide from February 2006 through April 2010. They cost between $250 and $900.

CPSC advises consumers to immediately stop using the recalled dishwashers and disconnect the electric supply by shutting off the fuse or circuit breaker controlling it.

Consumers can schedule a free in-home repair or receive a rebate of $150 or $250 toward the purchase of select new Maytag dishwashers. The amount of the rebate depends on the type of model to be purchased.

More information on the numerous serial numbers involved in the recall can be found at the company’s website or the website for the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Source

At our house we do not have a dishwasher, and the children take turns doing the dishes. Today our dishwasher is Missy. Maybe I should check the recall site to see if there are any problems with this model — it seems to be running slow.

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