Benton Harbor, Mich. - Whirlpool is
recalling about 1.7 million dishwashers that present a possible fire hazard.
The voluntary recall affects more
than 30 plastic-tub models manufactured between February 2006 and April 2010
under the Maytag, Amana, Jenn-Air, Admiral, Magic Chef, Peforma by Maytag and
According to the U.S. Consumer
Product Safety Commission, electrical failures in the dishwashers' heating
elements have led to 12 reported fires that damaged the units and, in one case,
destroyed a kitchen. No injuries have been reported.
Whirlpool is offering free in-home
repairs on the affected models or $150 to $250 toward the purchase of select
new stainless-steel tub dishwashers.
Consumers are being advised not to return the
recalled units to retailers, which are not prepared to accept them.
In other Whirlpool news, the company
said it will close its machining facility here by the end of the year or early
in 2011, resulting in the loss of 216 jobs.
According to manufacturing operations VP Al
Holaday, new innovations have eliminated many of the traditional components
produced at the Benton Harbor plant. Going forward, new streamlined internal
components will be machined at the company's factory in Clyde, Ohio, where its
latest generation of energy- and water-efficient laundry products is manufactured.