Dry Clean Only? Maytag, Samsung Recalling Washing Machines

Maytag and Samsung have both recalled several models of their front-loading washing machines due to a fire hazard.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Maytag and Samsung announced a voluntary recall Wednesday of several front-loading washing machine units.
The recall includes about 250,000 Maytag-brand units and about 20,000 Samsung-brand units

Water can leak onto the electrical connections to the washing machine's thermal sensor, which could cause an electrical short and ignite a circuit board, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Maytag has received five reports of incidents involving ignition in the circuit board so far. Samsung has received only one report of an incident involving ignition in the circuit board. No injuries, fires or property damage outside the washing machine have been reported.

The Maytag washers have model numbers beginning with MAH9700 or MAH8700. The Samsung model number WF306BHW or a model number beginning with WF316. The model and serial numbers can be found on a tag at the bottom of the door opening.

Consumers should immediately contact the manufacturer for information on how to receive a free repair.

For more information, consumers can click here for Maytag recall procedures or can click here for more information from Samsung.

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