Maytag recalls 1.7 million dishwashers over fire hazard.
The company has received 12 reports of electrical failures in the dishwasher heating element that led to fires and damage. One kitchen fire caused extensive damage, the agency said. No injuries have been reported.
A company spokeswoman says they set aside $75 million to cover the costs of the recall.
Information on the numerous serial numbers involved in the recall can be found at the company’s website or the website for the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The recall is Maytag’s second of more than a million major appliances in a little more than a year. It recalled 1.6 million refrigerators because of fire risks in March 2009.