Sears Canada Advised of a Potential Safety Hazard Relating to Certain
Maytag(R), Amana(R) and Performa by Maytag(R) Dishwashers

TORONTO, June 4 /CNW/ - Sears Canada has been advised by Maytag Corporation of a potential safety hazard relating to certain dishwashers sold under the brand names Maytag(R) , Amana(R) and Performa by Maytag(R). It has been discovered that an electrical failure in the dishwasher's heating element can pose a fire hazard.

Some of the dishwashers were sold through Sears Canada retail stores, online at www.sears.ca, and through the Sears Canada catalogue between February 2006 and April 2010. The affected model numbers and corresponding Sears item numbers are as follows:

    
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                  Sears Item Number   Amana(R) Model Number
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                       96512                ADB1500AWW
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                       96513                ADB1500AWS
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                       96519                ADB1500AWB
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                       96522                ADB2500AWW
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                       96523                ADB2500AWS
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                       96529                ADB2500AWB
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                  Sears Item Number   Maytag(R) Model Number
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                       97342                MDB4650AWW
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                       97343                MDB4650AWS
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                       97349                MDB4650AWB
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                       97352                MDB5600AWW
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                       97353                MDB5600AWS
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                       97358                MDB5600AWQ
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                       97359                MDB5600AWB
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                       97362                MDB6600AWW
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                       97363                MDB6600AWS
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                       97368                MDB6600AWQ
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                       97369                MDB6600AWB
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                       97372                MDB7600AWW
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                       97373                MDB7600AWS
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                       97378                MDB7600AWQ
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                       97379                MDB7600AWB
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                       97382                MDB8600AWW
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                       97383                MDB8600AWS
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                       97388                MDB8600AWQ
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                       97389                MDB8600AWB
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                       97392                MDB9600AWW
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                       97393                MDB9600AWS
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                       97398                MDB9600AWQ
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                       97399                MDB9600AWB
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                       97462                MDC4650AWW
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                       97469                MDC4650AWB
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                       97472                MDB7650AWW
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                       97473                MDB7650AWS
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                       97478                MDB7650AWQ
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                       97479                MDB7650AWB
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                       97532                MDB4651AWW
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                       97533                MDB4651AWS
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                       97539                MDB4651AWB
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                       97542                MDB5601AWW
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                       97543                MDB5601AWS
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                       97549                MDB5601AWB
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                       97552                MDB6601AWW
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                       97553                MDB6601AWS
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                       97554                MDB6601AWQ
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                       97559                MDB6601AWB
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                       97562                MDB7601AWW
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                       97563                MDB7601AWS
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                       97569                MDB7601AWB
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                       97612                MDB9601AWW
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                       97613                MDB9601AWS
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                       97619                MDB9601AWB
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                       97832                MDB6701AWW
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                       97833                MDB6701AWS
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                       97839                MDB6701AWB
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                       97842                MDB6759AWW
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                       97843                MDB6759AWS
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                       97849                MDB6759AWB
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                                            Performa by
                  Sears Item Number    Maytag(R) Model Number
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                       97512                PDBL390AWW
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                       97519                PDBL390AWB
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The model and serial numbers can be found inside the dishwasher door panel on the upper left side.

Neither Health Canada nor Sears Canada has received reports of incidents or injuries related to the use of this product.

Customers with the affected dishwashers will have the option of either scheduling a free in-home repair with Sears Canada or receiving a rebate from Maytag towards the purchase of a new model:

    
    (1) Sears Canada will be contacting potentially affected customers to
        arrange for a free repair of their dishwasher. Sears customers who
        have not been in contact with Sears are asked to call our 24- hour
        line at 1-866-691-9948 to schedule an in-home repair.
    (2) Alternatively, if customers wish to participate in the rebate program
        they can contact Maytag at 1-800-544-5513 or visit the company's
        website at www.repair.maytag.com to receive a rebate by mail
        following the purchase of certain new Maytag brand stainless-steel
        tub dishwashers. The rebate is $150 for the purchase of a new
        dishwasher model MDB 7609 or $250 for the purchase of new dishwasher
        models MDB 8959 or MDB 7809.
    

In the interest of consumer safety, Sears Canada urges customers who own an affected dishwasher to cease use immediately and remove the fuse, or shut off the circuit breaker, for the dishwasher to disconnect it from its electrical supply. Sears Canada will be posting signs in all of its retail stores to advise customers of this safety hazard. Sears Canada is bringing this matter to the public's attention in the interest of consumer safety and apologizes to its customers for any inconvenience.

Sears Canada is a multi-channel retailer with a network of 197 corporate stores, 204 dealer stores, 35 home improvement showrooms, over 1,800 catalogue merchandise pick-up locations, 108 Sears Travel offices and a nationwide home maintenance, repair, and installation network. The Company also publishes Canada's most extensive general merchandise catalogue and offers shopping online at www.sears.ca.

SOURCE Sears Canada Inc.

For further information: For further information: Michelle Lennard, Sears Corporate Communications, (416) 941-4428, mlennar@sears.ca


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