By The Canadian Press
TORONTO - Maytag Corp. is voluntarily recalling about 1.6 million refrigerators in Canada and the United States due to an electrical problem that could create a fire hazard.
Maytag says two incidents, neither involving injuries, have been reported in Canada.
Outside of Canada, Maytag has received reports of 41 incidents, including 16 that ranged from smoke damage to major kitchen damage.
The Newton, Iowa,-based company says the recall involves some Jenn-Air, Amana, Admiral, Magic Chef, Maytag, Performa by Maytag and Crosley side-by-side and top freezer refrigerators.
Consumers are advised to contact Maytag to find out if their refrigerator is included in the recall and to set up a free in-home repair. The toll-free number is 1-866-533-9817.
Maytag says approximately 193,500 of the units were sold at department and appliance stores and by homebuilders in Canada
from January 2001 through January 2004. Benton Harbor, Mich.-based Whirlpool purchased Maytag in March 2006 in a $1.8 billion dollar deal.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Full press release as follows:
I only bring this up because I've known a surprising number of people who despise Maytag appliances with every fiber of their being. It's noteworthy simply because unlike cars, trucks, and such like, kitchen appliances are seldom the subject of deep-seating feelings.
Apparently, these sentiments aren't baseless. Where there's smoke, there's fire, so to speak.Sphere: Related Content