|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|August 17, 1988|
|Release # 88-068|
NOTE: Two model numbers for Whirlpool Dishwashers in a CPSC news release dated August 2, 1988 announcing a modification program to prevent fires were incorrectly reported. The incorrect model numbers cited were DU900XR-0 and DU900XR-1.
The correct model numbers are DU9000XR-0 and DU9000XR-1, in addition to model numbers DU7400XS-0, DU7600XS-0, and DU7800XS-0. Owners who have not yet been contacted should call Whirlpool's toll-free number, 1-800-541-5746 for free service.
The full text of the CPSC News release with the corrected model numbers follows:
SOME WHIRLPOOL UNDERCOUNTER DISHWASHER MODELS NEED TO BE MODIFIED TO PREVENT FIRES
WASHINGTON, DC - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Whirlpool Corporation of Benton Harbor, Michigan, has announced a modification program involving five Whirlpool undercounter dishwasher models; DU400XS-O, DU7600XS-O, DU800XS-O, DU9000XR-O and DU9000XR-1. The pushbutton selector switch on these models could, under a specific set of conditions, catch fire. There have been twelve fire incidents including three, which spread outside the dishwasher. No injuries have been reported.
The Whirlpool modification program involves replacing the selector switch, at no charge, on approximately 75,00 dishwashers, of the above model numbers, sold nation wide since March 1986.
Although Whirlpool is attempting to locate all affected dishwashers, owners who have not been contacted should have their model and serial numbers ready and immediately call 1-800-541-5746 toll-free to arrange for free service.
The model and serial number can be found on a plate located along the right front edge of the tub after the door is opened. Until service is performed, owners must not use their dishwasher, and should turn the power off or leave the door unlatched.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
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