The The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Maytag announced that the company recalls the refrigerators that affect 1.6 million units. It's a voluntary recall and includes Maytag®, Jenn-Air®, Amana®, Admiral®, Magic Chef®, Performa by Maytag® and Crosley® brand refrigerators.
Maytag, a Newton, Iowa based corporation and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission say that Maytag recalls the refrigerators because an electrical failure in the relay, the component that turns on the refrigerator’s compressor, can cause overheating and pose a serious fire hazard.
There has already been a considerable damage done, which in turn prompted the voluntary Maytag refrigerator recall. The company informs of 41 reports of refrigerator relay ignition, including 16 reports of property damage ranging from smoke damage to extensive kitchen damage. The types of the refrigerators that are included in this Maytag recall are those that are side and top freezer refrigerators.
The refrigerators that Maytag recalls are sold at department and appliance stores and also installed by homebuilders nationwide. They have been in operation fromJanuary 2001 through January 2004 and have been sold between about $350 and $1600. Refrigerators with freezers on the bottom are not included in this recall.
Therefore, if you have a Maytag refrigerator that has been manufactured in USA between 2001 and 2004 of the above mentioned brands you need to contact Maytag toll-free at (866) 533-9817 anytime, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.repair.maytag.com.
This Maytag refrigerator recall is indeed very disturbing, but has one bright part: actually two. The first is that we know about the danger of the fire and the second is that thousands of repairmen, who are usually a small one-person businesses will get more orders from the recalled Maytag refrigerators, which in turn may help the economy a little bit.
The news that Maytag recalls 1.6 million units of refrigerators are reported both on the company and The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's website, which is charged to protect the consumers.