Maytag Expands Recall of Refrigerators Due to Fire Hazard


    BENTON HARBOR, Mich., and MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Aug. 25 /CNW/ -- This
recall is being conducted by Maytag Corporation in voluntary cooperation with
Health Canada and includes certain Maytag , Magic Chef , Performa by Maytag 
and Crosley  brand side-by-side and top freezer refrigerators.  The original
recall was issued on March 10, 2009, and included about 193,500 units (the
original recall announcement may be accessed on the Health Canada Web site at

    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:

                  Serial Numbers ENDING with  AND Model Numbers BEGINNING with
                  --------------------------  --------------------------------
    Side-by-side  CN, CP, YY, YZ               MZ
    ------------- --------------------------  --------------------------------
    Top Freezer   CA, CC, CE, CG, ZB, ZD, ZF,  CT15G4, CTB152, CTL151, CTM152,
    Refrigerators ZH                           CTN151, MTB195, MTB215, MTB245,
                                               MTF195, MTF215, PTB155, PTB175,
                                               PTB195, PTB215
    ------------- --------------------------  --------------------------------
    Refrigerators with freezers on the bottom are not included in this recall.

    Hazard Identified
    An electrical failure in the relay, the component that turns on the
refrigerator's compressor, can cause overheating and pose a serious fire

    Three additional incidents and no injuries have been reported in Canada. 
Outside of Canada, Maytag has received 23 additional reports of refrigerator
relay ignition, including four reports of property damage ranging from smoke
damage to extensive kitchen damage.

    Corrective Action
    Consumers should immediately contact Maytag to determine if their
refrigerator is included in the recall and if so, to schedule a free in-home
repair. Consumers should not return the refrigerator to the retailer where it
was purchased.

    For more information, contact Maytag toll-free at (866) 533-9817 anytime,
or visit the firm's Web site at

    Number Sold
    Approximately 17,000 units were sold at department and appliance stores
and by homebuilders in Canada.

    Time Period Sold
    The additional recalled products were sold from September 2000 through May

    Manufactured in the United States.

    Maytag Corporation


For further information:

For further information: Shannon Whittle, Project Officer,
+1-613-952-6260,, of Health Canada; or Whirlpool
Corporation, +1-269-923-7405, Web Site:

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