CPSC, Whirlpool Announce Recall of Washer and Gas Dryer Units

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 2, 2002
Release # 02-192
Whirlpool Recall Hotline: (866) 251-1607
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Mark Ross, (301) 504-7076
Whirlpool Media Contact: Tom Kline, (616) 923-3738

 

CPSC, Whirlpool Announce Recall of Washer and Gas Dryer Units

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Whirlpool Corp., of Benton Harbor, Mich., is voluntarily recalling about 17,000 combination washer and gas dryer units. The gas dryer can overheat, posing a fire hazard.

Whirlpool has received two reports of the unit overheating. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

The recalled 24-inch washer and gas dryer units were sold under the Whirlpool®, Kenmore® and General Electric® brand names, which is written on the control panel of the units. They are white or light tan. The model and serial number are located behind the dryer door at the top of the opening. Model and serial numbers of units covered by this recall are as follows:

Brand
Model Numbers
Serial Number
Whirlpool Compact Thin Twin
LTG5243DZ2
LTG5243DT2
LTG5243DQ2
LTG5243DQ3
LTG5243DT3
Begins with MM, ML or MK
Kenmore Laundry Center 110.98752792
110.98752793
Begins with MM, ML or MK
General Electric Unitized Spacemaker
WSM2480TBAWW
WSM2480TCAWW
Has Z, A or D as the second character



Home improvement and department stores, new construction builders and remodelers sold these units nationwide from January 2000 through May 2002 for between $800 and $960.

Consumers should stop using these washer and gas dryer units and unplug them immediately. Do not attempt to shut off the gas supply. Call toll free at (866) 251-1607 anytime to arrange a free in-home service and repair. For more information, consumers can visit Whirlpool's recall web site at www.repair.whirlpool.com. Consumers should have the model and serial numbers of their washer and gas dryer units available when they call.

Washer and dryer units with electric dryers are not involved in the recall.

Picture of Recalled Washer and Gas Dryer Units

Picture of Recalled Washer and Gas Dryer Units