News from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission - Maytag(R) and Samsung(TM) Brand Front Loading Washing Machines Recalled Due to Fire Hazard



    Maytag Recall Hotline: 1(800) 868-5109
    Samsung Recall Hotline: 1(800) 515-7902
    CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
    CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7800

    WASHINGTON, D.C, March 21 /CNW/ - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission, in cooperation with CSA, Maytag, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and
Samsung Electronics Canada Inc. announce a voluntary recall of the following
consumer products. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately
unless otherwise instructed.

    Name of Product: Maytag and Samsung Brand Front Loading Washing Machines.

    Units: About 25,000 Maytag-brand and 1000 Samsung-brand units in Canada.

    Distributor: Maytag International and Samsung Electronics Canada Inc. of
Mississauga Ontario.

    Manufacturer: Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., of South Korea.

    Hazard: Water leakage onto the electrical connections to the washing
machine's thermal sensor could cause an electrical short and ignite a circuit
board, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

    Incidents/Injuries: Maytag has received five reports of incidents
involving ignition in the circuit board in the U.S. Samsung has received one
report of an incident in the U.S. involving ignition in the circuit board.
There have been no incidents reported in Canada. No injuries, fires or
property damage outside the washing machine have been reported.

    Description: The recall involves Maytag washers with model numbers
beginning with MAH9700 or MAH8700. Maytag models with a serial number ending
in the last two letters identified below are subject to the recall:

    
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    2005           GA   GC   GE   GG   GJ   GL   GN   GP   GR   GT   GV   GX
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    2006           JA   JC   JE   JG   JJ   JL   JN
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    Sample Maytag Serial Number: 10123456GN

    The following Canadian Samsung models are affected by the recall:
WF316HAC/XAC, WF316LAS/XAC and WF316LAW/XAC with the six-digit number 100001
through 799999 prior to a letter at the end of the serial number.

    Sample Samsung Serial Number: 230854AL300026B

    Sold at: Major department and appliance stores nationwide. Affected
Maytag models were sold from April 2005 through August 2006 for between $1,300
and $1,500 CAD. Affected Samsung models were sold between May 2006 through
October 2006 for $1499.99 CAD.

    Manufactured in: South Korea.

    Remedy: Consumers should immediately contact the Consumer Contact (listed
below) for information on how to receive a free repair. Consumers should not
return the washing machine to the retailer where it was purchased.

    Consumer Contact: For more information, Maytag consumers can call
(800)868-5109 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or go to
Maytag's Web site at www.washerrecall.com. Samsung consumers can call (800)
515-7902 anytime, or visit the company's website at
www.samsung.com/washerrecall.

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For further information:

For further information: Maytag Media Contact: Monica Teague, (269)
923-7405 or monica.teague@Whirlpool.com; Samsung Media Contact: Patricia Chung
at (416) 705-2039 or p.chung@samsung.com OR Scott MacFadyen at (416) 924-4442
ext. 243 or smacfadyen@apexpr.com


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