Whirlpool brand Maytag announced in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission that it is recalling about 1.7 million dishwashers due to a potential fire hazard. Maytag has received 12 reports of dishwasher heating element failures that resulted in fires and dishwasher damage, including one report of extensive kitchen damage from a fire. No injuries have been reported.

Other Whirlpool and Maytag brands are also named in the recall, which includes Maytag, Amana, Jenn-Aire, Admiral, Magic Chef, Performa by Maytag, and Crosley dishwashers with plastic tubs and certain serial numbers. The affected dishwashers were manufactured with black, bisque, white, silver, and stainless steel front panels. The brand name is printed on the front of the dishwasher, and model and serial numbers are printed on labels insides the plastic tub near the left side of the door openeing. The dishwashers were sold between February 2006 and April 2010.

Serial numebrs will start OR end with one of the following sequences:

Serial Numbers STARTING with Serial numbers ENDING with
NW39, NW40, NW41, NW42, NW43, NW44, NW45, NW46, NW47, NW48, NW49, NW50, NW51, NW52, NY01, NY02, NY03, NY04, NY05, NY06, NY07, NY08, NY09, NY10, NY11, NY12, NY13, NY14, NY15, NY16, NY17, NY18, NY19 JC, JE, JG, JJ, JL, JN, JP, JR, JT, JV, JX, LA, LC, LE, LG, LJ, LL, LN, LP, LR, LT, LV, LX, NA, NC, NE, NG, NJ, NL, NN, NP, NR

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled dishwashers and disconnect the electrical supply at the fuse box or circuit breaker. Consumers can schedule a free in-home repair or receive a rebate following the pruchase of a new Maytag-brand stainless steel tub dishwasher. The dishwashers should not be returned to retailers.

For additional information, contact Maytag at 800.544.5513, or www.repair.maytag.com.