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Whirlpool Recalls 1.7M Dishwashers

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 Crosley brands.

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.