On March 21, 2007, The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall of about 250,000 Maytag-brand washing machines and about 20,000 Samsung-brand washing machines - both brands front loading washers -- due to a potential fire hazard.
To date, Maytag received five reports and Samsung received one report of incidents involving ignition in the circuit board. Water leakage onto the electrical connections to the washing machine's thermal sensor could cause an electrical short and ignite a circuit board, therefore creating a potential fire hazard to consumers.
All of the machines were made by Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., of South Korea. The washers were sold at major department and appliance stores throughout the U.S. from April 2005 through August 2006 for between $1,000 and $1,200.
Brand Models and Serial Numbers
The Maytag washers have model numbers beginning with MAH9700 or MAH8700.
Maytag serial numbers ending in the last two letters identified below are subject to the recall:
The Samsung washers have model number WF306BHW or a model number beginning with WF316. Samsung serial numbers with the six-digit number 100001 through 799999 prior to a letter at the end of the serial number are subject to the recall. Consumers are advised to contact the Maytag and Samsung immediately and arrange for repair - do not return the washer to the place of purchase.
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"I told my lawyer that my biggest complaint against Maytag is this: I have lost my trust in them," says Nancy Brazell. "After reading comments from other consumers on various websites, (and there were hundreds) most of them said they didn't receive any help from Maytag at all, they had incurred large expenses and some said their washer was inoperable."
Maytag Involved In Another Recall: This Time Washing Machines
Maytag and Samsung have announced a recall of around 270,000 front loading washing machines. The recall was announced after Maytag received reports of five incidents in which the circuit board ignited. Samsung received a report of one such incident.
Maytag's All Washed Up
Maytag already settled one class action lawsuit with its front-loading washers a few years back, but its problems are far from over - it just got slapped with another recall, leaving many consumers even more frustrated - both with their washers and how Maytag handled the first recall.