Refrigerator RECALL: Maytag, Jenn-Air, Amana, Admiral, Magic Chef, Performa, Crosley
On March 10, 2009, in release #09-145, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a refrigerator recall by Maytag due to fire hazard, for Maytag, Jenn-Air, Amana, Admiral, Magic Chef, Performa by Maytag, and Crosley brand side-by-side and top-freezer refrigerators. Those with freezers on the bottom are not included in the recall.
When the refrigerator's compressor turns on, an electrical component in the relay, which starts the compressor, can overheat and threaten safety. Forty-one reports of smoke and kitchen damage from this electrical failure have been reported so far.
The CPSC says,
The affected refrigerators were manufactured in black, bisque, white and stainless steel. They have model and serial numbers printed on a label located on the top middle or left upper side of the refrigerator liner and have the following model and serial number combinations:
Type: Serial Numbers ENDING with (AND Model Numbers BEGINNING with)
Side by Side Refrigerators:AA, AC, AE, AG, AJ, AL, AN, AP, AR, AT, AV, AX,
CA, CC, CE, CG, CJ, CL,
ZB, ZD, ZF, ZH, ZK, ZM, ZQ, ZS, ZU, ZW, ZY, ZZ
(ARS, CS, JC, JS, MS, MZ, PS)
Top Freezer Refrigerators:AA, AC, AE, AG, AJ, AL, AN, AP, AR, AT, AV, AX,
ZK, ZM, ZQ, ZS, ZU, ZW, ZY, ZZ
(AT, CT, MT, PT)
This recall applies to about 1.6 million units sold in the United States from January 2001 through January 2004.
The CPSC is urging consumers to check their refrigerators and contact Maytag at (866) 533-9817 for in-home repair.