Maytag Corp. issued a voluntary recall of about 1.6 million refrigerators due to a potential electrical problem that can cause overheating and house fires. To date, 41 ignition accidents caused by the defective Maytag refrigerators have been reported.
What has been said to be the largest product recall involving refrigerators includes models made from the following brands:
- Magic Chef
The recall includes all models sold in department stores, appliance stores and by homebuilders from 2001 through January 2004. The refrigerators ranged in price from $350 to $1,600 and came in black, bisque, white and stainless steel. Among other stores, the models were sold at Lowes, Home Depot and Sears.
41 Reports of Overheating
According to reports, the defective refrigerators have caused more than 41 ignition accidents, 16 of which reportedly caused damage to the homes; ranging from minor smoke damage to extensive kitchen damage.
According to the recall notice, an electrical failure in the relay component that turns on the refrigerator’s compressor can cause the units to overheat, posing a serious fire hazard.
Advising Consumers to Contact Maytag
The recall advises consumers to contact Maytag to find out if their refrigerator is included in the recall. Maytag is offering free in-home repairs to homeowners who purchased the faulty product. The recall asks people not to return the refrigerators to the stores.
Maytag’s customer recall unit can be reached at 866-533-9817.
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