Philadelphia Fire Hazard Prompts Dishwasher Recall

Kitchen accidents are a common occurrence in Philadelphia. But when dinner is over and you plunk that last dish into the dishwasher and press the start button, most Philadelphians think they’ve gotten safely through another meal. Unfortunately, a new recall indicates that turning on the dishwasher could just be the start of your problems.

Today, Edith Pearce and other Philadelphia personal injury attorneys warned that the Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the recall of 1.7 million Maytag dishwashers sold in Philadelphia and across the United States. Maytag-manufactured dishwashers have been implicated in 12 reported electrical failures that have caused fires resulting in significant property damage. While no serious Philadelphia personal injuries have been reported, the potential for disaster exists. Many Philadelphians turn on their dishwashers on their way to bed. Should a fire break out while a family is sleeping, smoke inhalation and flames could cause severe personal injury and even death, say concerned Philadelphia personal injury lawyers.

The recall applies to Maytag dishwashers sold under the following brand names: Maytag, Amana, Jenn-Air, Admiral, Magic Chef and Performa; as well as Crosley brand dishwashers with plastic tubs. The recalled dishwashers were sold at Philadelphia and other U.S. appliance and department stores between February 2006 and April 2010. Maytag is a division of appliance manufacturer Whirlpool Corp.

Philadelphia product liability lawyers advise Philadelphia consumers to immediately stop using recalled dishwashers and disconnect the appliance from its power source by turning off the circuit breaker or fuse that governs the dishwasher. Philadelphia consumers can call their local Maytag service center to schedule a free in-home repair. Whirlpool is also offering affected Philadelphia consumers rebates toward the purchase of a new Maytag dishwasher. To find out if your dishwasher is among those recalled serial numbers of the defective dishwashers are posted on the CPSC website.

If you have suffered damage or personal injury from a defective product, ask a Philadelphia personal injury attorney to review your case.