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Maytag, Samsung Washers Recalled

Posted March 21, 2007

The Consumer Product Safety Commission on Wednesday issued a recall for 250,000 Maytag and 20,000 Samsung front-loading washing machines.

Water can leak onto electrical connections, which could pose a fire hazard, officials said. The two manufacturers reported a total of six incidents in which a circuit board ignited.

The machines were sold between April 2005 and last August.

Customers should contact the manufacturers to find out how to get a free repair.

Maytag can be reached at www.washerrecall.com or 800-868-5109.

Samsung can be reached at www.samsung.com/washerrecall or 800-515-7902.


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  • Jake B Mar 26, 2007

    My sister was just told from Lowes after a huge ordeal with a Whirlpool Refrigerator, that Maytag is now owned by Whirlpool, and that may explain the decline in quality. However we do have a Whirlpool Duet front loading washer( 5 years old) and it works great. You can open the door during the first few minutes of the was cycle too. Just had to have the element replaced in the dryer, though, but not a bad record for the amount of laundry done aroud our house. I would highly recommend Whirlpool for the washers and dryers, but run away from their Refrigerators, unless you dont care if your ice maker works. LG brand although a new brand is owned by the Zenith corp who has been around for years.

  • Cleanup on Aisle Cool Mar 26, 2007

    We just purchased the new LG Brand front-loading washer and dryer set (Home Depot had 10% off this past weekend). It was ranked highest across the board by Consumer Reports. LG does not have a long track history, though, so we got the 4-year service plan on each. My simple advice - You MUST read all the directions and follow them before using the new equipment. Otherwise, you're doomed to fail.

  • paddie Mar 26, 2007

    msncdso, thanks for the opinion on the front loading washers. Up until now I had only heard good things about them, ie; consumer reports. We are building a house and I was actually planning on buying one (not maytag), but I'll investigate further before committing.

  • msncdso Mar 25, 2007

    Maytag is certainly not what it used to be. In 2004 I paid way too much extra money to purchase a Maytag Neptune washer and dryer thinking I was getting quality that was worth the difference in other brands. Was I ever wrong!!! I'm on a first name basis with the repair man after numerous dryer problems. The washer hasn't actually broken, but I dislike not having the option to choose a water level, it seems to have a mind of it's own about too many things. It locks as soon as you start it (I suppose that's a safety feature), but I like to know what's going on inside sometimes. The entire time it's operating, all you hear is a series of moans and groans and other curious sounds. I have to set the spin cycle on 'extra low' to not have the clothes so twisted and wound up that it's an ordeal to separate the pieces. Sometimes, when you finally get the clothes unwound, there still dry spots here and there. It's really embarrasing to admit publicly that you're so stupid.

  • GWALLY Mar 24, 2007

    Have been curious about the "front loading" washers anyway. It seems to me there would always be a potential for leaking with this design....I mean lets face it a 5 gal. bucket standing in the upright position will not leak.....however the same bucket on it's side without a good, sealed lid will always leak!!!! Why are paint cans, milk containers, and anything liquid not stored on their sides....?

  • owlady Mar 24, 2007

    When I purchased my Kenmore washer and dryer, the salesman at Sears advised me NOT to purchase anything Maytag. Maytag is not the same Maytag that your Grandmothers remember, and I think he said that they are made in Mexico now. But anyway, I have had good luck with Kenmore and Whirlpool.

  • sideline Mar 23, 2007

    Maytag is horrible, not like it was years ago. I have a 2yr old maytag quite seies 100 dishwasher that had to be repaired twice for the flimsy handle. My bottom rack is half rusted already and it's only 2 years old. Washer machines, same thing. Maytag man has been to my house at least 10 times. Poor quality. Never again.

    I never had a problem with Kenmore. Anyone else know of any good brands to buy in the future?

  • paddie Mar 23, 2007

    I am not surprised by this at all! Maytag has dropped dramatically in quality AND service in recent years.

  • Low Voltage Mar 23, 2007

    That "Maytag Repair Man" is earning his keep now!