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CPSC & Maytag Announce Recall of Washing Machines


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On September 27th 2005, CPSC, in cooperation with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., of South Korea, announced a voluntary recall of about 5,000 Maytag brand front-loading washing machines. According to the manufacturer, if the front-load washer is operated at maximum load capacity, the spinner could malfunction and break apart, posing a safety risk to consumers. As of the date of the original recall, no incidents or injuries had been reported to the manufacturer.

The units involved are the white Maytag front-load washers with model number MAH9700 and a serial number from 10188468GA through 11683946GJ. The model and serial numbers are located inside the door opening and below the rubber boot.

Though most home inspectors don't normally inspect appliances, unless they are in a state that requires they be inspected and the appliance is included in the sale, home inspectors seeing these units could prevent someone from being injured by informing the homeowners about the potential hazard involved.

Samsung recommends that consumers use care not to exceed the listed capacity of their machines contact Maytag for a free in-home service call to replace the washer's control board.

To view a copy of the original CPSC release and to see photographs of the units involved click here.

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