Maytag Refrigerator Recall

What to do if Your Maytag Refrigerator Has Been Recalled

A Maytag Refrigerator Recall was officially announced on August 25, 2009. Maytag said it will be recalling approximately 46,000 refrigerators under the Maytag, Magic Chef, Performa by Maytag and Crosley brand names, due to a fire hazard.

Apparently, there is the potential of an electrical failure in the device that turns on the compressor. Maytag corporate said that this issue could lead to a chance of overheating that could potentially create a fire.

This recall is an extension of the March recall where about 1.6 million similar refrigerators were recalled.

According to the Associated Press, Maytag, which is now part of Whirlpool Corp., said that since that last recall it has received 23 more reports of refrigerators catching fire. Of those reports, there were four incidents of property or smoke damage.

Maytag Refrigerator Models in Question

The Maytag refrigerator recall refrigerator models in question are mostly side-by-side and top freezer refrigerators. They range in colors from black, bisque, white and stainless steel and cost between $350 and $1,600. Most importantly all of these units were sold from September 2000 to May 2004.

The recalled fridges have both serial and model numbers on a label that can be found on the refrigerator liner near the left or middle upper side. Check to see if your refrigerator has any these serial and model number combinations:

Serial Numbers ENDING with:
Side by Side Refrigerators CN, CP, YY, YZ MZ
Top Freezer Refrigerators CA, CC, CE, CG, ZB, ZD, ZF, ZH

Model Numbers BEGINNING with:
CT15G4, CTB152, CTL151, CTM152,CTN151, MTB195, MTB215, MTB245, MTF195, MTF215, PTB155, PTB175, PTB195, PTB215

Any Maytag Refrigerators with freezers on the bottom are NOT included in the recall.

What to do Now

Maytag (they are actually owned by Whirlpool) said consumers who own the defective machines should call Maytag to schedule a free in-home repair. DON'T return the refrigerator. The phone number is (866) 533-9817.

Whom to Contact if You Need to Report an Incident

Contact the government's Consumer Product Safety Commission. They want to hear from consumers who have had injuries or other damage due to any of the Maytag refrigerators in question. They can be reached at this Web site:

You may also wish to contact Maytag directly. For specific models affected and a list of qualified repair people in your area, please go to the Matyag Repair Site

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