Whirlpool recalls 1.7 million dishwashers

NEW YORK Thu Jun 3, 2010 1:46pm EDT

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Whirlpool Corp is recalling 1.7 million dishwashers sold at its U.S. stores from February 2006 through April 2010 due to a potential fire hazard.

The recall, made by the company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, covers Maytag, Jenn-Air, Amana, Admiral, Magic Chef, Performa by Maytag and Crosley branded dishwashers.

An electrical failure in the dishwasher's heating element could pose a serious fire hazard, the top appliance maker said in a statement on Thursday.

The company received 12 reports of dishwasher heating element failures that resulted in fires. No injuries have been reported.

The affected units were sold at various U.S. stores for between $250 and $900.

Whirlpool spokeswoman Jill Saletta said in an email the company has already set aside $75 million to address any potential costs from the recall.

In a regulatory filing in April, the company had warned about a potential charge due to "a corrective action to address a supplier-related quality and potential product safety issue."

Whirlpool shares were down 3 percent at $100.54 on Thursday afternoon.

(Reporting by Dhanya Skariachan; Editing by Dave Zimmerman, Phil Berlowitz)

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Comments (10)
rossi92353 wrote:
Gee I guess Whirlpool and “the Japanese Company Toyota” are not all that different
after all. I wonder if American public and media will be as cruel to a US company as they were to Japanese Company? My guess is no, considering the arrogant attitude of the American people.

Jun 03, 2010 2:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JRZ wrote:
@rossi92353 I did some research in the flawed accelerator pedals and discovered that they were made & designed by a 100% American company (not affiliated with Toyota). In fact the Indiana company PATENTED the area with the design flaw. It does suggest a bias when the US media did not pick that up.

Jun 03, 2010 3:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
rossi92353 wrote:
I’m sure someone in Washington, strongly suggested that CNN et al (media run by the government) not report it.

Jun 03, 2010 3:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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