Maytag Recalls 2.3 Million Dishwashers Due To Fire Hazard

Do you have a Maytag or Jenn-air dishwasher? Did you buy it from July 1997 through June 2001? If so, you need to check the model number against the CPSC’s website and if it matches… stop using the dishwasher immediately, as “liquid rinse-aid can leak from its dispenser and come into contact with the dishwasher’s internal wiring which can short-circuit and ignite, posing a fire hazard.” It’s supposed to be jet dry, not jet burn the damn house down, so taking steps to prevent your dishwasher from igniting are, uh, strongly recommended.

How To Disable The Potential Fiery Inferno:

Consumers should immediately stop using these dishwashers, disconnect the electric supply by shutting off the fuse or circuit breaker controlling it and inform all users of the dishwasher about the risk of fire. Contact Maytag for either a free in-home repair, or a $75 cash back reimbursement following the purchase of a new Maytag

, Jenn-Air

, Whirlpool

or KitchenAid

dishwasher. Consumers should not return the dishwasher to the retailer where it was purchased, as retailers are not prepared to take units back.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Maytag Corporation at (800) 675-0535 anytime, or visit the firm’s Web site at According to the AP, you may have a hard time getting through on the phone, as Maytag is experiencing a deluge of calls.—MEGHANN MARCO

Maytag Recalls Dishwashers Due To Fire Hazard [CPSC]


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  1. Trai_Dep says:

    …or hang on to it. Flash freezing? Old hat. Flash drying? The new frontier!

  2. Xkeeper says:

    What’d be really grand is if they made it no-hassle to get that $75 voucher or in-home repair.

    That’d be a real shiner of a recall situation. “We fucked up, sorry, call us and we’ll give you a hand fixing it.”

    Then again mabye I’m equating “recalls” to general customer service problems, and not just recalls…

    (P.S.: Am I the only one who prefers “Customer” over “Consumer”? Consumer just has such a bland, lifeless feel to it)

  3. Hoss says:

    Suddenly the Maytag Repairman retired…

  4. RandomHookup says:

    Definitely a pain in the ass to contact them. I go on the web site and see it has a scheduling function, including a 4 hour block on the day I need to sneak away from the office anyway. All ready to go, I submit and it says:

    Unable to schedule appointment. Please contact us at 800…

    Call the 800 #, get the message that they are experiencing higher than normal call volume and to call later.

    I’m okay that there’s a huge demand all at once, but the cock tease maneuver with the web site goes beyond the line.

  5. RandomHookup says:

    Okay, I take it back. They emailed me a confirmation of the original appointment. Let’s see if they are as good as the cable guys at hitting their 4 hour window.