On March 10, 2009, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), along with Maytag Corporation, headquartered in Newton, Iowa, initiated a recall of approximately 1.6 million refrigerators, as a result of a significant risk of fire hazard
According to the recall, there exists an “electrical failure in the relay” where the “component that turns on the refrigerator’s compressor, can cause overheating and pose a serious fire hazard.” The CPSC has reported approximately “41 reports of refrigerator relay ignition, including 16 reports of property damage ranging from smoke damage to extensive kitchen damage.”
The Recall covers the following brands of refrigerators, including Maytag®, Jenn-Air®, Amana®, Admiral®, Magic Chef®, Performa by Maytag® and Crosley® brand side by side and top freezer refrigerators. As reported, “the affected refrigerators were manufactured in black, bisque, white and stainless steel.”
If you or someone you know purchased a refrigerator that is subject to the above recall and experienced fire-related property damage and harm from the use of such refrigerator, please contact our law-firm immediately for a free consultation.