|May 29, 2008
Miele Recalls Gas Dryers Due to Risk of Gas Leak or Fire
The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Residential Super-large Gas Dryers
Units: About 3,100
Importer: Miele Inc., of Princeton, N.J.
Hazard: If the dryer is improperly installed, the dryer's internal gas fitting can loosen, posing a risk of gas leaking into the house. Any gas leak that is not detected can cause asphyxiation, a fire or an explosion. Also, one or both of the caps on the internal exhaust duct can become dislodged, which can cause lint to build up and be carried through the gas burner. This poses a risk of fire.
Incidents/Injuries: Miele has received 11 reports worldwide in which consumers reported smelling gas after installation of their dryers. The firm has also received a report of a fire causing property damage. No injuries have been reported.
Description: The recall involves Miele gas dryers, model T 9820. The dryers are residential super-large capacity units that are white-colored. The serial number can be located on the rim of the door opening, and is written as “Nr:xx/” followed by an 8-digit number in the range from 66461685 to 89921848.
Sold by: Miele distributors nationwide between March 2007 and December 2007 for about $1,300.
Manufactured in: Czech Republic
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled dryer immediately and turn off the gas supply to the unit. The firm has sent direct notices to consumers. Consumers who have not had their dryer inspected should contact a Miele authorized service provider for a free inspection and repair, if necessary. Dryers serviced since January 23, 2008 have been inspected/repaired.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Miele at (800) 420-1813 anytime, or visit the firm's Web site at www.miele.com
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