Before you stick those dirty dishes from tonight’s dinner in your dishwasher, think again. One of the most used appliances in your household, the dishwasher, is coming under fire for a recent recall. Appliance-industry leader, Maytag Corporation, is cooperating with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission in a voluntary recall of several different models of their washers. So far, the recall targets over 1.7 million dishwashers that have been distributed in the market.
According to this report, Maytag Corporation has received notice of a dozen instances in which the dishwasher’s heating element was damaged by electrical failure, ultimately leading to fire and a charred machine. Can you imagine what would happen if you set your dishwasher to run before you left the house like many of us do? If the machine caught on fire, it would quickly spread through the rest of your house leaving a wake of damage.
If you’re not sure whether your Maytag dishwasher is part of the recall, you can find the model and serial number located inside the tub or on a label on the left interior side of the door opening. As a Seattle injury attorney, I urge you to not only stop using your defective dishwasher, but to also disconnect it’s power source completely but turning off the breaker that supplies electricity to the appliance.