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October 17, 1995

Release # 96-005
CPSC: Rick Frost
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1166

CPSC, Maytag Announce Recall to Inspect and Repair Dishwashers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Maytag Corp. of Newton, Iowa is inspecting and repairing dishwashers with an electrical component that can fail during use. This small component, located in the base of the unit, can malfunction, overheat, and in rare circumstances, cause a fire.

Maytag has received 142 reports of component failures, including one confirmed fire that involved minor property damage. Maytag reports that most of the failures have occurred within the first eight months of the dishwasher's installation. The company will focus its inspection efforts on these dishwashers that it believes to be most at risk for component failure. There have been no reports of injuries resulting from the electrical component failures.

Maytag brand dishwashers that carry serial numbers ending in one of the following pairs of letters: KF, KH, KK, KM, KQ, KS, KU, KW, KY, KZ, or MB are affected by this program. Maytag will mail notices to consumers whose dishwashers are to be inspected.  Maytag Corporation is inspecting and repairing at no charge to consumers

Maytag manufactured a total of 553,000 dishwashers with the component from March 1994 through January 1995. Maytag dealers and other retailers sold these dishwashers nationwide from April 1994 to October 1995.

Consumers should check their dishwasher's serial number to determine if it may be part of the inspection and repair program. The serial number is located in the upper left corner of the dishwasher tub, just below the countertop. Consumers who have one of these dishwashers can call Maytag Customer Service toll-free at (800) 462-9267 to arrange for their dishwasher to be inspected, or they can write the company at Maytag Customer Service, P.O. Box 8021, Cleveland, TN 37320-8021. Maytag recommends that, if consumers choose to continue to use their dishwashers prior to the inspection, they should do so only while at home, attending to the appliance.

Maytag media inquiries should be directed to Tom Schwartz, Director Corporate Communications, at (515) 791-6342.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to