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.