My sister just alerted me to this news post from the Chicago Tribune. The Maytag Corporation is recalling two million dishwashers. Apparently, an electrical failure in the dishwashers’ heating element can cause a fire. My sister was concerned because, as some of you may recall, she recently bought us a dishwasher and she feared that ours was one of the recalled ones. The Tribune article directed readers to two websites — one by Maytag and the other by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)– to learn more about the recall.
Our dishwasher matched a serial number suffix included in the recall, so I called the “Recall Hotline” to talk to a representative. Fortunately, our model number was not involved in the recall.
I’m passing along this information about the Maytag Corporation dishwasher recall for two reasons:
1. Some of you may have dishwashers that are affected by the recall and not realize it. Like so many big companies, the Maytag Corporation owns a lot of brand names in addition to Maytag — for example, Jenn-Air and Amana dishwashers are also included in the recall — so to hear that Maytag dishwashers are being recalled can be slightly misleading since several other brands are also involved.
2. Consulting the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website about the dishwasher recall reminded me of one of their services that I really like. The CPSC is a government service tasked with protecting consumers from products that may cause serious injury or even death. The CPSC offers a service where they’ll send you emails about recalled products. Go to their site here, click on the type of email subscription you’d like, and enter your email address. I subscribed to the infant and children’s products list several years ago after Charlie was born. I receive an email about recalled products about once a week. Twice we’ve had a product involved in a recall — once for a toy that had excessive levels of lead paint and once for roman shades that were a choking hazard. The other lists on the CPSC email subscription service include sports products, household items, outdoor products, and something just called “specialty” items.