Washington - Maytag, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), has voluntarily recalled 46,000 refrigerators due to a fire hazard.
The refrigerators have an electrical failure in the relay - the component that turns on the refrigerator's compressor - that can cause overheating and pose a serious fire hazard.
According to the CPSC, Maytag has received 23 reports of refrigerator relay ignition, including four reports of property damage ranging from smoke damage to extensive kitchen damage.
The recall includes certain Maytag, Magic Chef, Performa by Maytag and Crosley brand side-by-side and top freezer refrigerators sold at retail from September 2000 through May 2004 for between about $350 and $1,600.
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. A list of the model and serial numbers are in the chart below.
Refrigerators with freezers on the bottom are not included in this recall.
Consumers are advised to immediately contact Maytag to determine if their refrigerator is included in the recall and, if so, to schedule a free in-home repair. Consumers should not return the refrigerator to the retailer where it was purchased. Consumers should contact Maytag toll-free at (866) 533-9817 anytime, or visit the firm's Web site at www.repair.maytag.com, according to the CPSC.
Serial Numbers ENDING with
AND Model Numbers BEGINNING with
Side by Side
CN, CP, YY, YZ
CA, CC, CE, CG, ZB, ZD, ZF, ZH
CT15G4, CTB152, CTL151,