The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Whirlpool Corp. announced a voluntary recall of more than 40,000 refrigerators.
According to repair.maytag.com, 46,000 Maytag, Magic Chef, Performa by Maytag and Crosley brand refrigerators are being recalled because an electrical failure in the relay — the component that turns on the refrigerator's compressor — can overheat and poses a fire hazard.
The recall includes certain side-by-side and top freezer refrigerators. 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:
•Side-by-side refrigerators: Serial numbers ending with CN, CP, YY, YZ and model numbers begininning with MZ
• Top freezer refrigerators: Serial numbers ending with CA, CC, CE, CG, ZB, ZD, ZF, ZH and model numbers begininng with CT15G4, CTB152, CTL151, CTM152, CTN151, MTB195, MTB215, MTB245, MTF195, MTF215, PTB155, PTB175, PTB195 and PTB215.
Whirlpool has received 23 reports of refrigerator relay ignition, including four reports of property damage ranging from smoke damage to extensive kitchen damage.
To locate the model number, check the side of the motor casing, the back near the handle, or on the bottom of the casing. Sample Model Number Tags Model numbers can be made up of numbers (1005400, for example) or a combination of letters and numbers (LAT1000AAE). Consumer Product Safety Commission and Whirlpool Corp. Announced a voluntary recall of more than 40,000 refrigerators. According to repair.maytag.com, 46,000 Maytag, Magic Chef, Performa. Sears - Kenmore Brand. Sears does not manufacture any appliances. The first three digits of the model number specifies the manufacturer. Although the Kenmore model number is different than the manufacturer's, the code for the serial numbers is the same as the manufacturer's.
- Magic Chef is a line of brand name products built by Maytag, a company that manufactures many popular kitchen appliances. It may become necessary to determine the model number of your Magic Chef appliance in order to purchase replacement parts. Or it may be useful to have the specific model number.
- The age of the Magic-Aire unit is read by the serial number As Follows: Serial Number Example: W 5. W = Plant location – This digit was added in 1999. 02 = Year produced, 2002. 06 = Month produced, June. 12345 = Plant sequence number. There are other formats for units produced in the 1970’s and earlier.
In addition to the recalls announced Tuesday, 1.6 million refrigerators were recalled in March for the same issue.
Consumers who have the models being recalled can call toll-free at (866) 533-9817 at anytime or visit www.repair.maytag.com.
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