Some Maytag and Samsung brand front-loading washing machines have been recalled due to a potential fire hazard, says Reno Fire Marshal Bill Burney, due to water leakage onto the electrical connections to the washing machine's thermal sensor that could cause an electrical short and ignite a circuit board.
According to Burney, Maytag has received five reports of incidents involving ignition in the circuit board. Samsung has received one report of an incident involving ignition in the circuit board. No injuries, fires or property damage outside the washing machine have been reported.
Burney says the manufacturer's voluntary recall involves about 250,000 Maytag-brand units and about 20,000 Samsung-brand units sold at major department and appliance stores nationwide from April 2005 through August 2006 for between $1,000 and $1,200.
Residents with the recalled units should immediately contact the respective firm for information on how to receive a free repair, but are being advised not to return the washing machine to the retailer where it was purchased.
Residents with the recalled Maytag machines can call toll-free at (800) 868-5109 between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, or visit Maytag's website at www.washerrecall.com.
Those with Samsung washers can call (800) 515-7902 between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, or visit Samsung's website at www.Samsung.com/washerrecall.
Information on the recall including photographs of the recalled units is also available on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website at www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07135.html.
The recalled front-loading Maytag units were distributed by Maytag Corp., of Newton, Iowa, and involve those with model numbers beginning with MAH9700 or MAH8700. The model and serial numbers are located on a tag at the bottom of the door opening. Maytag models with a serial number ending in the last two letters identified below are subject to the recall: 2005: GA GC GE GG GJ GL GN GP GR GT GV GX 2006: JA JC JE JG JJ JL JN