Fire Hazard Sparks Maytag Dishwasher Recall

The Maytag repair man has a lot of work ahead of him.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced today that Maytag is voluntarily recalling 2 1/3 million dishwashers sold under the brand names of Maytag and Jenn-Air because of a fire hazard.

The safety commission says liquid rinse-aid can leak from its dispenser and come in contact with the dishwasher's internal wiring, causing a short circuit and fire. Maytag says it's had 135 reports of dishwasher fires.

The machines were sold at stores nationwide between July 1997 and June 2001.

Maytag is offering either a free in-home repair or a $75 cash-back reimbursement with the purchase of a new Maytag-brand dishwasher.