Maytag has received 135 reports of dishwasher fires, resulting in product and/or property damage. Four injuries have been reported, including three reports of smoke inhalation and one serious hand laceration.
The recall involves Maytag and Jenn-Air under counter or portable plastic tub dishwashers. The dishwashers have black, white, almond, bisque and stainless steel front panels. The model and serial numbers are printed on a label located on the dishwasher's plastic frame on top of or to the left of the door opening.
The dishwashers were manufactured in the US and sold at department and appliance stores and by homebuilders nationwide from July 1997 through June 2001. Consumers should immediately stop using these dishwashers.
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JDB3, JDB4, JDB5, JDB6, JDB7
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