The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Maytag, has announced a voluntary recall of about 1.6 million refrigerators made by Maytag under a variety of brand names. Apparently, an electrical failure in the relay, which is the component that turns on the refrigerator’s compressor, can cause overheating and pose a serious fire hazard.

The refrigerator recall includes certain Maytag, Jenn-Air, Amana, Admiral, Magic Chef, Performa by Maytag, and Crosley brand side by side and top freezer refrigerators. The recalled refrigerators were manufactured in black, bisque, white, and stainless steel. They were sold by department and appliance stores and by homebuilders nationwide from January 2001 through January 2004 for between about $350 and $1600.

The recalled refrigerators 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 Refrigerators AA, AC, AE, AG, AJ, AL, AN, AP, AR, AT, AV, AX, CA, CC, CE, CG, CJ, CL, ZB, ZD, ZF, ZH, ZK, ZM, ZQ, ZS, ZU, ZW, ZY, ZZ ARS, CS, JC, JS, MS, MZ, PS Top Freezer Refrigerators AA, AC, AE, AG, AJ, AL, AN, AP, AR, AT, AV, AX, ZK, ZM, ZQ, ZS, ZU, ZW, ZY, ZZ AT, CT, MT, PT

Representative Models:

Representative Models

To date, Maytag has received 41 reports of refrigerator relay ignition, including 16 reports of property damage ranging from smoke damage to extensive kitchen damage. Maytag is offering free in-home repairs to consumers who own one of the recalled refrigerators. For more information, contact Maytag toll-free at (866) 533-9817 anytime.

Maytag Refrigerator Recall Lawyer

If you were injured or suffered significant property damage due to a fire caused by one of the recalled Maytag refrigerators, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our Maytag refrigerator recall attorneys today for a free and confidential case evaluation.

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Published November 17, 2011 by