CSA International, Maytag(R), and Samsung(TM) announce a voluntary recall of front-loading washing machines due to fire hazard

    TORONTO, March 21 /CNW/ - In cooperation with CSA International, Maytag-,
Samsung(TM) Electronics Co. Ltd. of South Korea, and Samsung Electronics
Canada Inc. announce a voluntarily recall of approximately 25,000
Maytag-brand, and approximately 1,000 Samsung-brand front-loading washing
machines in Canada.
    Affected Maytag models were sold from April 2005 through August 2006 for
between $1,300 and $1,500 (CDN). Affected Samsung models were sold between May
2006 through October 2006 for $1,499.99 (CDN). Washing machines affected by
this recall were manufactured in South Korea.
    In some cases, water leakage onto the electrical connections of the
washing machine's thermal sensor may cause an electrical short and ignite a
circuit board, posing a fire hazard. Maytag has received five reports of
incidents involving ignition in the circuit board in the United States.
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

    Affected Maytag front-load washers:

    The Maytag washers have 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:

    2005     GA   GC   GE   GG   GJ   GL   GN   GP   GR   GT   GV   GX
    2006     JA   JC   JE   JG   JJ   JL   JN

    Sample Maytag Serial Number: 10123456GN

    Affected Samsung front-load washers:

    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

    Consumer information:

    Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately and contact the
appropriate Maytag or Samsung customer contact listed below for information on
how to receive a free repair:

    -  Maytag customers: For more information, call Maytag toll-free at
       (800) 868-5109 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, or
       visit www.washerrecall.com

    -  Samsung customers: For more information, call 1(800) 515-7902 anytime,
       or visit www.samsung.com/washerrecall

    Consumers should not return the washing machine to the retailer where it
was purchased.

    About CSA International
    CSA International is a provider of product testing and certification
services for electrical, mechanical, plumbing, gas and a variety of other
products. Recognized in the U.S., Canada and around the world, CSA's marks
appear on billions of products worldwide. CSA International is a division of
CSA Group, which also includes: CSA, a developer of standards and codes;
OnSpeX for consumer product evaluation services; and QMI, a leading North
American management systems registrar. CSA International can be found online
at www.csa-international.org

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For further information:

For further information: Anthony Toderian, Senior Media Relations
Officer, CSA Group, T: (416) 747-2620, E: anthony.toderian@csagroup.org; Media
information: Maytag: Monica Teague, (269) 923-7405,
monica.teague@Whirlpool.com; Samsung: Patricia Chung, (416) 705-2039,
p.chung@samsung.com; Scott MacFadyen at (416) 924-4442 ext. 243,

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